Linda Watson says she wants travellers to have the two-and-a-half-acre plot in Kirtling, near Newmarket because her neighbours are “so far up their own a****.” The 48-year-old has two sets of travellers coming to view the land this week and says she hopes the sale will create “s***” for the village.”
She said: “It’s a great plot of land with electric, water and lovely scenery. I have advertised it on Facebook and had lots of interest from people wanting it for horses. But I want to give it to travellers and I have two lots coming to take a look already this week. I’ve had no support from anyone in this village. I’m happy to give the land away to travellers if I have to. I hope it will create s*** for the village. Everyone in Kirtling is so far up their own a***.”
Linda has owned the piece of land at the Coedendderw Stud in Bradley Road for the last 17 years and moved into a static caravan on the site with her partner four years ago. She spent £70,000 renovating the land and creating a stud farm and more recently she has run a horse rehabilitation business. She recently applied to East Cambridgeshire District Council to have a small home on the site and improve her business. But the council did not think her business plan was viable, so they rejected the plans.
She added: “This was just a run-down piece of land when I bought it bit I’ve spent thousands making it look good, with fencing. I had a meeting with the council about plans to make a permanent home here and they advised me to put forward a business plan, but they’ve since told me it was rubbish.”
She said she now plans to move abroad next month. "It's a very well to do village, but they have done nothing for me,” she said. "Not one of them has helped me with my planning application. “Travellers will be living here later this month and I’ll be moving abroad.”
East Cambridgeshire District Council has been contacted for a comment.