Family blocking $1.7b stadium

STOP me if you've heard this story before.

A local family refuses to wilt to the powers that be in order to keep their home they've grown up in and forged cherished memories in.

Sounds incredibly familiar right? It's effectively the plot of the much loved Australian classic movie The Castle, except this story isn't a movie; it's real life.

English premier league powerhouse Chelsea have plans to build a brand new $1.7 billion stadium, which would be ready in time for the 2023/24 season.

The stadium is said to have a capacity of 60,000 while being 165 foot high.

Here's where things take a turn for the worse, for Chelsea that is.

Hidden in the shadows of the proposed stadium is a $6.9 million family cottage that houses a real-life Darryl Kerrigan who won't go quietly into the night.

Nicolas Crosthwaite, 69-years old, is a retired banker who has lived in the home for 50 years and along with his wife Lucinda and two children, Rose and Louis, they're not going to make life easy.

In May, the family took out a High Court injunction to block work on the replacement stadium.

In a letter to councillors, Rose said five rooms in their home would lose sunlight.

"It is deemed as having an unacceptable and harmful impact," she wrote.

The family have reportedly been offered $1.7 million from Chelsea and their billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

But much like Darryl, they've used his infamous adage of "tell him he's dreaming".

Not only was the reported offer turned down, they are said to have asked for up to 20 times as much, which equates to $34 million.

The refusal apparently didn't sit well with Abramovich however, if an agreement cannot be made the plans for the new stadium could perish.

While the stadium has been granted planning permission, no work can go ahead while the injunction remains in place.

Chelsea lawyers are hoping to get the local council on board as they have the power to override the injunction if the plans are deemed essential for regeneration of the area.

Just as Darryl did, the family have vowed to continue the fight in order to keep their home and serentiy the way it is.

A reported fifty homes are set to lose light when the new stadium is built with Chelsea confident of agreeing to payouts with all owners.

While a movie style ending may not fall on the Crosthwaite's like it did with the Kerrigan's, the family's fight will receive plenty of love from the Australian shores.

A man's home is his castle and the Crosthwaite's want theirs to remain as is.


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