Did it make a difference that we appeared on television? Whatever the case, a few days after we were on the tube we found an unknown man looking around our premises. Only when I asked him if I could be of service did he make himself known as the builder and announced that on January 7 (assumably he meant 8, they probably don’t work on Sundays) a bulldozer will level the ground in preparation for the construction of our house. So we must make sure that the site is cleared of everything we might want to keep.
He didn’t have a building plan on him, but promised to return and show the plan on Friday, December 29th. Unfortunately this didn’t come about, so we still don’t know what our house will look like. Exciting.
Based on our previous experiences, we are cautious in our optimism; experience shows that there can be a month or two between preparing the building site and start of construction.