Bloke waiting for Apocalypse on abandoned council estate says its 7 years off

A man living in an almost-derelict housing estate in Wales says he’s happy to stay there because the end of the world is coming soon.

Leslie Southam, who lives in a crumbling red-brick property with his parents, describes his garden as "a little overgrown". It looks its best in the spring, he says.

The derelict house is one of 29 properties in a similar — or worse — state at Brynmefys, an estate a couple of miles from Llanelli town centre. They are carcasses of homes, their roofs wasting away.

Built shortly after the Second World War, Brynmefys was once a bustling council estate, but now only three of its homes are occupied.

Besides the tranquility, there is another reason why Leslie is not bothered by his apocalyptic surroundings. As he told WalesOnline, he believes the world will end in around seven years.

Built shortly after the Second World War, Brynmefys was once a bustling council estate, but now only three of its homes are occupied.

The softly spoken 53-year-old moved to Brynmefys aged seven. Leslie, who works as a hotel cleaner, remembers Brynmefys "absolutely full with cars and people and children" when he first arrived. Does he miss that? "No, not really.”

"He was buying it for the plot rather than the house," Leslie explains. "It was either rent for the rest of your life or buy this. He got it for almost nothing. You wouldn't even buy a car for it."

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Leslie recalls the exodus starting in the late '80s. He says residents moved out and the council did not replace them because it had a scheme for the site to be redeveloped. By the time funding fell through, many houses were derelict and unfit to be rented, he says.

The derelict houses are home to bats — a protected species — posing an obstacle to development. The council reportedly spent £60,000 building a bat house, which Leslie says is empty. The scale of the bat issue is unclear, says the council, which expects an ecological report back in January.

Leslie says the fencing was only brought in a couple of years ago, after media coverage of Brynmefys' decline led to too much interest from youngsters.

He adds: "For some reason kids in their late teens were always turning up thinking there were ghosts here. They would come in their cars on weekends and try to get into the houses. Now a security guard waits here at night every weekend."

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Leslie has never moved away from Brynmefys, other than some time living one street over in Maengwynne. He returned to his family home following his divorce about seven years ago.

It is when we ask Leslie about the future that the conversation takes an abrupt turn. He explains his belief that we are in "the last days" before Christ's return to Earth and the apocalypse.

"The way things are going, it's only going to be seven years at most," he says with certainty in his voice. He believes coronavirus is part of a "Great Reset" heralding the end of life as we know it.

For Leslie, Brynmefys' problems seem pale compared to the impending fate of the world. "If you accept Christ Jesus as your saviour, that is your only way out. I believe he will come again to take those people to heaven before the final apocalypse."

Leslie started following "alternative media" shortly after the 9/11 attacks. He shares with us the name of a controversial video platform which has been accused of spreading conspiracy theories.

Leslie says he is still recovering after a few weeks of being unwell with Covid. He has not had a jab because he sees vaccinations as part of a scheme for radical change by a global elite.

He does not know if he will be able to continue his job if he remains unvaccinated, but he seems calm about the future. And he is not tempted by a move from Brynmefys.

"It depends what you want in life," Leslie tells us. "To be honest there isn't much left in life I want. I am not into drinking, I don't smoke, I don't go out. As long as I can go and get food I am quite happy.”

Asked about the council's plans for the site, local council cabinet member Linda Davies Evans said: “A potential development partner confirmed they are no longer interested and we have not remarketed the site, which is of large ecological significance.

"We are awaiting the results of detailed ecological surveys which are due back in the new year. Once we have these results we will continue to work with the residents to develop a range of sustainable options going forward.”

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