Rowner residents unhappy with treatment over estate regeneration

NOT HAPPY Rowner residents, from left, Kelly Dodds, Sandra King, Wayne Byrne, Paul Roper, and David Colbeck.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (120349-4)
NOT HAPPY Rowner residents, from left, Kelly Dodds, Sandra King, Wayne Byrne, Paul Roper, and David Colbeck. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120349-4)
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IT’S a multi-million pound redevelopment that will transform an estate.

But those left behind say they are angry at the way they have been treated over the regeneration of Rowner in Gosport.

Homeowners say not only are they unhappy with the compensation being offered to sell up and leave, they are facing months of disruption as building work is carried out around them before it reaches their section.

There are 30 properties which the council has yet to buy.

Kelly Dodds, 36, of Lawrence Walk, has accepted an offer of £29,000 for her two-bedroom house.

She is now waiting to be told when she has to leave her property.

She said: ‘We’d have accepted it if the process was as quick and painless as possible. There’s no thought or consideration for those who are still living here.

‘No-one has helped us. There has been no support.’

Sandra King, 60, who lives with her partner Wayne Byrne, 53, in Lawrence Walk, said: ‘At this stage in our lives we should be in a property that’s ours. We are now going into somewhere where we have got to part-buy.

‘Where am I going to get a mortgage from?

‘We have both always worked and suddenly in the twilight years of our life we are going to have debt that we don’t want.’

Mr Byrne said because of the noise and dust they had to keep their windows locked all the time.

Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, defended the regeneration scheme, saying: ‘I’m disappointed that they feel like that.

‘At the end of the day the Rowner regeneration team have done everything possible to talk with residents to advise them and to help them.

‘I can understand their frustrations that they believe their property is worth more than it actually is. But they have been offered as much help as possible.

‘The vast majority have moved out of their properties and are delighted with where they have moved to.’

It’s believed residents living in Lawrence Walk will move out by the summer.