40 years living in the middle of the ’roundabout’


CARDIFF: A family in Wales has lived in the middle of a roundabout for more than four decades after refusing to move despite authorities building a junction for thousands of vehicles around their home.

Report Oddity Centralhusband and wife David John and Eirian Howatson moved into their bungalow in Denbighshire in 1960 and at first the property was just an ordinary neighborhood until the authorities told them their home was right on the new roundabout that was to be built.

“I have lived in this circle for more than 40 years and even our parents have lived in this residence for 20 years before that, so this house has become a big part of our lives.

“I can say the experience is the same as living on any road, but it’s not that bad because we have double glazing, so, it’s not a nuisance and the road only gets really busy at peak times for a few moments,” explained Clwyd Howatson to NorthWalesLive.

Many drivers may ‘scratch their heads’ when going around the Howatsons’ house because it is difficult to anticipate if a vehicle will suddenly come out of the residential area towards the center of the roundabout, but, so far they have never had an accident because of it.

However, the Howatsons’ biggest challenge is when it comes to receiving the ordered items because they share the same postcode as the houses around them, causing the delivery driver to take a while to realize the address is in the middle of a circle.

“Usually when we give instructions I have to explain that we are not near but in the middle of the circle and they always sound a bit skeptical until they get here,” explained Clwyd.

Clwyd said that the circular house had been inhabited by his family for a long time and wanted to continue living in that location because he liked its uniqueness.





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