Owner of Britain’s ‘most hit home’ calls for lorry ban after house is crashed into more than 20 times
The owner of Britain’s "most hit home" claims lorries have crashed into it at least 20 times in the five years since he bought it.
Former detective Mark Kilbey said the latest incident "takes the biscuit" after his 16th century cottage was struck for the eighth time this year – just three hours after it was last repaired.
Now the 57-year-old is calling for lorries to be banned from his village in Wingham, Kent because he lives in constant fear of trucks smashing into his Grade II-listed home on a sharp corner, the Metro reports.
The ex Scotland Yard officer, who has captured some of the incidents on his CCTV system, said: "The builders finished at 5pm and the house was struck again at 8.30pm. It’s a new record.
"I jokingly told the builders to leave the ladders at the side of the house because they’d be back in a few weeks. It turns out it was only a few hours. It took the biscuit.
"I bought the house in 2015 knowing it had been hit before, but I had no idea it would become this bad.
"I reckon it’s been hit at least 20 times."
Insurance companies representing the lorry companies have forked out around £60,000 in house repair costs in five years, according to the former Metropolitan Police investigator.
Mark says the only way to prevent future incidents is to force the biggest lorries to take alternative routes.
"I’m not querying the job that lorry drivers have to do, they are following their sat nav," he said.
"What I am saying is they don’t need to be turning in a road they don’t fit in. There are other routes they could use.
"My home has been dubbed the most-hit house in the country and I challenge anyone to find one which has suffered like mine. I expected to be living in a rural village, not an industrial park."
Mark has fixed large hazard signs to the property, despite its heritage classification.
He has also raised concerns with Kent County Council, Dover District Council and the parish council.
"I’ve got nowhere with them," he added.
"They just say they are monitoring the situation, but I think they just consider my property is expendable.
"If it happened once, you would say that it was an incompetent driver, but if it happens 20 times and no action is taken you just think people don’t care.
"The bottom line is that I don’t really matter in the eyes of those who are responsible for my safety. They are completely negligent."
A Kent County Council spokesperson said: "We very much sympathise with Mr Kilbey but unfortunately this is difficult for KCC to resolve as a highways authority.
"In 2018, KCC looked to identify the destinations of the offending vehicles and the HGVs involved were not just driving through the village, these are vehicles making legitimate deliveries to or collections from local businesses.
"While the majority of HGVs using this junction do so without incident, we acknowledge that the errant few are misjudging the turning and causing damage to property and distress to residents.
"There is no possibility of altering the road layout and we have discussed with businesses about re-routing their vehicles where possible.
"The businesses all use an informal one-way system where they enter Staple Road from the B2046 and leave via two other country lanes."
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