Brian May has revealed that he and wife Anita Dobson are “quitting” London for good after recent flash floods wrecked their Kensington home.
The Queen guitarist, 74, and his EastEnders wife Anita, 72, say they have been forced from their property after sewage destroyed prized possessions following the intense downpours in the capital on July 12 this year.
Speaking to The Mirror about their decision to leave, Brian explained: “The house is wrecked and it is heart-breaking. The funny thing is we actually hated living where we are for a long time.
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“We put a lot of love and care into building the house but the surroundings have been horrible for such a long time. They have been building basements now for about eight years all around and there is constant noise, traffic and dust and pollution and rudeness. London now is brutal.”
Speaking about moving home he added: “It’s really unpleasant and we are never going to feel the same about that house again. We are not going to get it back what it was. For us, it is time to quit and I am OK about that now.”
Brian May took to Instagram at the time of the flood and shared a heartfelt post about the damage to his home.
“I don’t know where to start really,” revealed an emotional Brian, as he shared two videos of the damage and added that “a lifetime of memorabilia” in the basement is sodden and ruined.
The rockstar told his 2.8 million followers that the flood was the fault of the council, approving poorly-designed basements to be built in the London suburb with “ineffective” drainage.
He added: “This devastation is a direct result of the infamous RBKC (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) allowing the ruination of our quality of life…
“The same council that has allowed selfish basement building b**tards to ruin the lives of residents for endless years with the noise, pollution and destruction of our habitat by purely speculative basement construction.”
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A council spokesperson said at the time: “Our priority is to make sure residents who have been affected by last night’s flooding have the help they need.
“Overnight we have placed 120 residents in emergency hotel accommodation and are making emergency repairs this morning.”
Across London, many families are still dealing with the aftermath of the flooding which damaged their homes – especially in areas of Brent and Walthamstow.
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