I live in the middle of a roundabout – we don’t have to worry about neighbors… we love it and we will never move
A MAN who has lived in the middle of a roundabout for more than 40 years says he loves his lot on a public road and has vowed never to move.
Clwyd Howatson, 64, is most comfortable listening to hundreds of cars speed past his block on the Denbigh bypass in Denbighshire, Wales.
His charming bungalow on the busy Rhyl to Ruthin stretch of the A525 has been in his family for more than 60 years.
Though his country’s borders are adorned with typical flower beds and chevrons, Clwyd loves his unorthodox home.
Grandfather prefers to see it positively when he’s in the middle of a busy freeway, even bragging about not having to worry about neighbors.
He and his wife Anwen, 60, have grown accustomed to the noise of the noisy roundabout and instead boast of scenic views.
Clwyd explained that his rustic bungalow is the perfect spot from observing the idyllic scenery of the Welsh countryside.
And after his childhood on the Landkarussell he would like to pass on his appreciation for nature to his seven children and 12 grandchildren.
Today, the 64-year-old proudly watches how the little ones like to play with his two chickens, just like they did when they were children.
Clwyd said: “The beautiful views are spectacular and we are fortunate to have them.
“We probably take them for granted a bit, but they’re great any time of the year.
“I’ve lived at Roundabout for over 40 years so that’s pretty much all I know.
“We also lived here for 20 years before that, so it’s been in the family for a very long time.
“Life on the roundabout is sometimes very hectic – especially when the grandchildren are staying the night.
“But I was working on the A55 the other day and the traffic noise is a lot bigger than anything we get.”
But most importantly, Clywd doesn’t have to worry about conversing with other residents – and it’s a convenient place to travel.
He continued: “We don’t have to worry about the neighbors as we don’t have any at the roundabout.
“Most family members live nearby, so it’s a handy central point. I would say it’s like life on a street, but it’s not that bad.
“We have double glazing, so that doesn’t bother us, and the street is only really crowded at peak times, so only a few times a day.”
But the grandfather admitted that living in the middle of a roundabout has some disadvantages.
SWING AND ROUNDABOUT
Clywd said: “Sometimes getting off the roundabout can be a challenge.
“When people are in a roundabout, they don’t expect anyone to come out of the roundabout itself, so we get some double takes.”
Also, delivery drivers often drove in circles trying to find his address.
The grandpa added: “We share the same zip code as the houses around us so it can take a while for drivers to realize the house is at the roundabout if they’ve never been before.
“Usually it’s okay when we give directions, but at the end I’m like, ‘No, no, we’re not at the roundabout – it’s our turn and they always sound a little dubious until they get here.’
As early as 1960, Clwyd’s father, David John, and his mother, Eurwen Howatson, moved into the bungalow.
There was no roundabout or ring road around Denbigh then, just a small estate surrounding their home.
This was until the late 1970s when plans were submitted for a roundabout upon completion of what was then the new Denbigh bypass.
David John and Eirian were told they could not build another bungalow on their small lot and they refused to uproot their family so they stayed there as the roundabout was built around them.
The roundabout was completed in 1980 when David John sadly passed away.
But 42 years later it remains in the Howatson family – and will continue to do so for many years to come.
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