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FAMILY REJECTS W WILTS£45,000 UPGRADE

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A man with eight children who had two council houses knocked together after claiming his home was not big enough ha...
A man with eight children who had two council houses knocked together after claiming his home was not big enough has refused to move in because he says the garden is too small.

West Wiltshire DC paid £45,000 to have the house in Upton Scudamore and its adjoining property upgraded.

After seeing the new house, Philip Smith and his common-law wife, Gillian Carter, said the garden was too small and they needed the garden from the second house too.

The family has a history of disputes with West Wiltshire over keeping livestock and cars in the garden. It is understood that the council intends to keep the second garden free to act as a buffer for other houses nearby.

Head of housing services Judith Jeffrey said: 'The housing office has had calls from all over the country from people offering to move in.'

Mr Smith risks losing the new house unless he changes his mind before the work is finished in two weeks.

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