A stable owner has been confronted by her neighbours after she offered to sell her land to travellers in a bid to annoy villagers that she has slammed as being “up their own arses”.
Linda Watson, 48, was approached by a couple riding bicycles on the driveway to her home in Kirtling, Cambridgeshire.
The unnamed man told her: ‘We are not up our own arses.’
His retort came after Linda hit out at residents in the ‘posh’ village and offered to sell her land to travellers on the condition that they ‘ruin the village’.
Linda’s controversial offer initially came after the local council turned down her application to build temporary accommodation for stable workers – as she believes that travellers would have better luck making a similar planning application.
Now, Linda says she has been ‘flooded’ with requests from travellers who want to take up her offer of buying the plot, which she has valued at around £350,000.
One call came from a group of travellers who were being evicted from the Red Lodge campsite in nearby Suffolk.
‘I have been inundated with calls’, Linda said.
‘I just got off the phone to one traveller asking to buy the plot from Red Lodge who is seriously interested.The story has been sent to 32 traveller groups in England.’
She also repeated her claim that she would welcome travellers on her land.
‘I know a lot of travellers and they are kind, lovely people and they have small kids and I would love to help them out’, she said.
‘I would offer the land to them because they would get planning permission and could stand up to the neighbour.’
Linda has lived in a mobile home on the land for seven years and works as a horse rehabilitation professional.
She has owned for the land for 17 years after buying it as an investment for her family, but claims that her decision to sell on is caused by problems with her neighbours.
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‘I have had it up to here and I want to leave and move abroad. I can’t do this any longer’, she said.
‘I would be a bastard to offer this land to a family that wants to use the land for stables because the neighbours make keeping horses here, a nightmare.If I didn’t live here the horses would be injured.’
She added: ‘I would welcome any villager to come and see me and talk to me and know that I’m not an ogre. I just am at wits end and I have had no support from the village.’