Gosport developer padlocks grandmother’s back garden gate

Gaye Davies outside her home in Stoke Road Gosport where a garden gate used to be.''Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
Gaye Davies outside her home in Stoke Road Gosport where a garden gate used to be.''Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
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GRANDMOTHER Gaye Davies was left infuriated when a developer padlocked a gate to a passage that leads to her back garden.

The 70-year-old, from Stoke Road, Gosport, said the trouble started when she pulled out of a deal to sell them a piece of her back garden.

Shortly after this deal fell through, which Mrs Davies said was because she had second thoughts, relations between her and Maritime Service International turned sour.

A padlock then appeared on the gate, preventing access to an alleyway that leads to her garden and runs down the side of the building that the developer is turning into flats, meaning Mrs Davies could not get her bin out.

Mrs Davies said: ‘They really want that access so they can do what they want to do with the flats.

‘They want it so bad they will do anything to get it.’

Mrs Davies is the last residential property to use that access, which she said is listed on the land registry, after fellow neighbours either sold up to developers or turned into 
shops.

More than a week later, following contact from The News, the developer completely removed the gate – something it says it did to prevent further 
incidents.

But Mrs Davies said this was a step too far – and that she was now worried about people urinating in the alley and that she felt 
insecure.

Mrs Davies said: ‘It is a crazy situation. The gate has been there for over 20 years before they even bought the premises.

‘They have made me feel vulnerable.

‘Even though it was unlocked it was a little bit of extra security.’

A spokesman from Maritime Service International said: ‘Maritime Services International believes in both the letter and the spirit of the law in the UK.

‘As such the company has always acted within the law and in accordance with instructions received from our solicitors.’

Mrs Davies said she was very upset by the situation and she hopes her new neighbours, once the development is sold, will eventually reinstate the 
gate.