Retired bank teller, 66, who is the last man standing in an abandoned housing development and refuses to move out

A retired bank teller is the last to live in ‘Britain’s Loneliest Street’, all of which are to be demolished – but he’s refusing to move.

Nick Wisniewski, 66, has been without neighbors in the 128 flats on Stanhope Place housing development in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire since the last of around 200 residents moved out in December.

The eight apartment blocks and other houses on Stanhope Place are all slated for demolition – but Nick refuses to go, despite city officials’ attempts to buy him out.

North Lanarkshire Council wants to demolish Stanhope Place and redevelop the area – leading officials to offer Mr Wisniewski £35,000 plus two years’ rent elsewhere if he moves, he claims.

But the retired TSB bank teller, who lives there with his 35-year-old son, is refusing to go as he claims the offer would not be enough to buy elsewhere, adding that he is also too old to have one take out a mortgage.

Retired banker Nick Wisniewski, 66, (pictured) has been left without neighbors in the 128 flats on the Stanhope Place housing development in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire since the last of around 200 residents moved out in December

Retired banker Nick Wisniewski, 66, (pictured) has been left without neighbors in the 128 flats on the Stanhope Place housing development in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire since the last of around 200 residents moved out in December

The eight apartment blocks and other houses on Stanhope Place (pictured) are all slated for demolition

The eight apartment blocks and other houses on Stanhope Place (pictured) are all slated for demolition

North Lanarkshire Council wants to demolish Stanhope Place and redevelop the area - leading officials to offer Mr Wisniewski £35,000 plus two years' rent elsewhere if he moves, he claims

North Lanarkshire Council wants to demolish Stanhope Place and redevelop the area – leading officials to offer Mr Wisniewski £35,000 plus two years’ rent elsewhere if he moves, he claims

Pictured is a boarded up door in the Stanhope Place housing development, which is due for demolition

Pictured is a boarded up door in the Stanhope Place housing development, which is due for demolition

The retired TSB bank teller is refusing to leave as he claims the offer isn't enough to buy elsewhere, adding that he's also too old to take out a mortgage

The retired TSB bank teller is refusing to leave as he claims the offer isn’t enough to buy elsewhere, adding that he’s also too old to take out a mortgage

Nick said: “The last person to leave in December is like a ghost town now. It’s so quiet and strange to be the only person living here.

“I’m used to it now, but it can get lonely, there’s no one to talk to.

“There are eight blocks of 16 apartments each – it used to have about 200 people and it was difficult to find a parking space.

“Now I’m the only one left.”

Nick bought his home in 2017 as part of the Right-to-Buy program, which helped community renters buy their homes at a discounted rate.

Council chiefs offered Nick alternative accommodation in a terraced house rent-free for two years, which he declined.

He said he worries he doesn’t know where he will end up living – but he doesn’t want to leave home.

The Stanhope Place housing development consists of system houses and was built in the 1960s or 70s.

Made from factory-made concrete slabs, they only have a lifespan of around 60 years and are considered poorly insulated and expensive to maintain.

It is unclear whether this is one of the reasons for the demolition of the property.

Council chiefs offered Nick alternative accommodation in a terraced house rent-free for two years, which he declined. In the picture the empty apartments on Stanhope Place

Council chiefs offered Nick alternative accommodation in a terraced house rent-free for two years, which he declined. In the picture the empty apartments on Stanhope Place

Nick bought his home in 2017 as part of the Right-to-Buy program, which helped community renters buy their homes at a discounted rate

Nick bought his home in 2017 as part of the Right-to-Buy program, which helped community renters buy their homes at a discounted rate

Nick, who retired last year, said: “When people left they just dumped old stoves, mattresses and washing machines outside, it was a mess.

“The municipality simply left the apartments empty after people moved out.

“There is no security and people could get into the empty apartments and many windows are broken.

“Luckily I didn’t have any problems. The grass is overgrown, it’s ridiculous.

“I think the council is leaving it unkempt to annoy me or in the hope that I’ll get fed up and leave.

“They offered me £35,000 for my flat and two years rent free elsewhere.

“But I’m not ready to start paying rent again and £35,000 isn’t enough to buy anything new. They’re talking about £80,000 to £100,000 to get something new.

The Stanhope Place housing development pictured has its windows boarded up or smashed in

The Stanhope Place housing development pictured has its windows boarded up or smashed in

The 66-year-old thinks the council is leaving it unkempt to annoy me or in hopes that I'll get up and leave.

The 66-year-old believes the council is “leaving it unkempt to annoy me or in the hopes that I’ll get fed up and leave”.

Nick, pictured, said it was

Nick, pictured, said it was “so hard” to leave home and worried about where he’ll end up living

“I worry that I don’t know where I’ll end up living.

“I haven’t worked my whole life to have my house taken away from me when I’m too old to mortgage anything else. It would be so hard to leave my home.’

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council said: “We fully understand that this is a sensitive issue and are working closely with the resident.

“It would not be appropriate to discuss the specific financial details but we are working within our guidelines to ensure the resident receives a fair offer and assisting them in finding suitable alternative accommodation.”

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Emma Colton

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