Last chance for AG truckstop reprieve
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• Roadside cute owner jenny Hawes is this week hoping for a reprieve on the closure of her Cambridgeshire site following the intervention of her local MP.
Hawes, who should have obeyed a county court order to vacate her layby on the A47 near Wisbech at the end of last week, is hoping that Conservative Henry Bellingham will persuade the Department of Transport to let her stay on until the Parliamentary Ombudsman decides if he will investigate her complaints against the DOT. "I don't see how and why they're going to force me out until the appeal is heard by the Ombudsman," says Hawes.
But the DOT says: "As far as we are concerned the court has made a possession order and if it's not complied with then it is a matter for the court."
Last month the DOT won its judgement to evict Hawes, whose Chapel Lane cafe does not have a licence to operate (M 16-22 May).
Hawes says the DOT offered her the layby site and that it is guilty of maladministration.