More Young Professionals Forced To Live In Balloons

WITH house prices now more than 400 times the average salary, more and more young people are being forced to live in hot air ballons, according to new research.

Balloons in this development near Hatfield are selling for £98,000

A study by Glasgow Clyde University found a 33% year-on-year increase in balloon-based living among young professionals across the UK.

Research director Dr Wayne Hayes said: “Balloons offer a practical, low cost alternative to a canal barge, a tent or an old fridge freezer.

“Thanks to a planning loophole we are seeing more and more balloon estates cropping up on the edge of major towns and cities.”

He added: “Although small, the views are fabulous. And in a balloon the world is not just your oyster, it is also your toilet.”

Sarah Bamforth, a 28 year-old marketing manager from Swindon, has been living in a balloon with her boyfriend for six months.

“You do have to get the hang of the sand bags pretty quickly, otherwise it takes ages to back down to the ground. I was late for work every day for a month when we first moved in.”

She added: “It’s fine really. There’s room for a small fridge, a gas ring and a couple of sleeping bags.

“But I would advise against having a pet. We’ve gone through five cats since Christmas.”