A traveller has converted a double-decker bus into a second home after feeling ‘imprisoned’ by his council house – and he lives ‘like a king’ on board.
But the red London bus has now been towed away after four years of complaints by neighbours in Falmouth, Cornwall, who said they were ‘intimidated’ by its occupant.
Neil Wainwright, 61, said he felt ‘imprisoned’ in his council house, and preferred to live in the bus – which was parked on a public street in Glasney Road.
His neighbours were less than impressed with the addition, and has campaigned for the bus to be removed from the residential estate since it was parked up in 2019.
Concerns began when it emerged Mr Wainright – a former electromechanical engineer – had powered the bus with an extension cable leading from his empty council home’s letter box.
He kitted the double-decker bus out with a toilet, shower and fully working kitchen, and crafted two areas into a bedroom and a living room.
Mr Wainwright’s renovations cost a total of £32,000.
The bus is now in a car park, and the traveller says he lives ‘like a king’, explaining that everything in the vehicle is ‘made out of things I’ve found’.
He told The Sun: ‘Life is great on the bus, I love it.
‘I want to show people you don’t need loads of money to live well.
‘I’m a gypsy. My name’s Wainwright. It means wagon maker and I’ve lived in wagons all my life.’
The bus has now been moved to New County Hall in Truro, Cornwall, where it is parked in a car park.
Announcing the move, councillor Jayne Kirkham apologised it had taken so long.
She said: ‘The Glasney bus has gone!! Finally. After a lot of sorting by an awful lot of people and this pushy councillor.
‘Sorry it took so long to resolve a situation that was very difficult for everyone involved.’
Ms Kirkham added that Mr Wainwright had now been moved to a ‘safe place’ where he ‘had access to services’.
Speaking previously, Mr Wainwright said: ‘I want to live in my wagon, I don’t want to live in a house. Five years I have been imprisoned in a house.’
Local residents took to social media to celebrate the news it had finally gone.
One posted: ‘That’s great! It’ll be safer for everyone using that road, and the residents can enjoy their homes again.’