Friday, 10 August 2007

Garden turned into road during holiday

A Polish woman came back from holiday to find the local council had built a traffic island and a new road in her back garden but when Alicja Ziemowit, 48, complained she was told a change in the law meant local council officials could use private land for road building without consent and without paying compensation.

A spokesman for the local council in Lodz said: "I don't know why she is complaining, it is not a busy road, and she can still get to the back of her garden quite easily." He said the road was expanded to improve access to a new computer factory and that the law change in December meant that they did not need permission. He added: "She still owns the land, it just has a road on it now."

I don't know why she's complaining either - since she still owns the land she can erect toll-gates and charge motorists for driving across her land. Simple, problem solved, she's now a rich woman.