Last resident living on demolished council estate is to have 178 houses built around him

The last man living on a derelict council estate will have 178 new homes built around him after he refused to leave.

Charlie Wright, 68, was born and raised in the four-bedroom house on River Streets estate in Birkenhead, Merseyside.

He bought the family home more than 30 years ago and refuses to leave the property, threatening World War III on anyone who tries to make him. 

A developer has now revealed plans to build 178 new homes on the land surrounded Mr Wright’s house, after all his neighbours agreed to move away in 2001 to make way for regeneration. 

Charlie Wright, 66, was born and raised in the house in Birkenhead and says he will never leave

Charlie Wright, 66, was born and raised in the house in Birkenhead and says he will never leave

Charlie Wright, 66, was born and raised in the house in Birkenhead and says he will never leave

Mr Wright’s property is the last left on the once-busy street where he and eight of his siblings were brought up.

Bordered only by two derelict shells, he is the last man standing on the Wirral estate.

Mr Wright admitted it would be ‘different’ having neighbours again after so long but added that he was upset that all the trees would be cut down. 

He said: ‘The only thing I’m a bit upset about is the trees. They weren’t planted – they’ve just grown on their own. We’ve also got the fox and the squirrels that live on the land.

‘I do wish they were building council houses like it used to be.

‘I was born in this house and so were my brother and my sisters. I’d never move in a million years.

‘You can’t move away from your home. It’s not just somewhere you go and put your head down, it’s part of you.’

The new developer, Keepmoat homes, says that ‘widespread contamination’ is to blame for the long delay in building work. 

Mr Wright's property is the last left on the once-busy street where he and eight of his siblings were brought up

Mr Wright's property is the last left on the once-busy street where he and eight of his siblings were brought up

Mr Wright’s property is the last left on the once-busy street where he and eight of his siblings were brought up

Bordered only by two derelict shells, Mr Wright is the last man standing on the Wirral estate but will soon have new neighbours

Bordered only by two derelict shells, Mr Wright is the last man standing on the Wirral estate but will soon have new neighbours

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Bordered only by two derelict shells, Mr Wright is the last man standing on the Wirral estate but will soon have new neighbours

However, money from Wirral Council and a grant from Homes England means that the regeneration work can finally go ahead. 

Mr Wright added that he was pleased with the design of the new homes that will be built around him and said he would even be getting a driveway added to his property.

He has a lodger and revealed that he once went to view a different property as a favour to a friend.

However, Mr Wright is adamant he would never leave his old home, despite missing the close-knit community it once was.

He added: ‘It’s going to be good to see it happening. My mates say ”You’re going to be living on a building site for the next three years”, but I don’t mind.

‘I can’t wait for them to start.’ 

Mr Wright is adamant he would never leave his old home, despite missing the close-knit community it once was

Mr Wright is adamant he would never leave his old home, despite missing the close-knit community it once was

Mr Wright is adamant he would never leave his old home, despite missing the close-knit community it once was

With its bright yellow front door and Union Jack flags flying proudly outside, Mr Wright previously said that his unusual decoration scheme is because ‘if anyone comes near this house, it will be World War III.’

Mr Wright said: ‘This estate, it was families and the brothers and sisters of everyone – you knew everyone on the estate. When they grew up and got married, they got a house on the estate.

‘All my aunties and uncles lived on this estate. My granny at the top and my mam had always lived here.

‘When my mam had kids and got married, she got a house down there and, when she had more kids, they had to give her a bigger house so she got this four bedroom.

‘The whole family, everyone on this estate, had relatives living round the corner or down the road.’

He also insisted that life in the last house standing isn’t as lonely as you might imagine.

He said: ‘I only have to walk up the road with the dog, everyone knows me and I know them. As long as I can get out every day, I’m alright.

‘Half of them were born on this estate you see – proper community.’  

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