Second voucher offered in noise row over Tesco’s new Fareham store

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PEOPLE who suffered months of disruption while the new Tesco superstore in Fareham was being built have been given a second £20 voucher as compensation.

Neighbours living close to the newly-built Quay Street roundabout suffered disruption and night-time noise.

At the end of last year, they were offered a £20 voucher by Tesco to spend in the store.

Now, ISG, which carried out the redevelopment of the roundabout, has offered another £20 voucher for people living in 24 flats in Clarkes Court.

It argues that it could not carry out work during rush hour and so a lot was done during the night.

But residents say it’s not enough and they will keep fighting.

Katie Willis, 25, said: ‘It’s been nine months of building work and it’s only £20.

‘It was a nightmare, it was so noisy.

‘The flats were shaking. It was constant. I was right next to it.’

Another resident, who asked to remain anonymous, added: ‘It was horrible. It was disruption all night long.

‘It’s better than nothing but I wasn’t happy with a voucher.’

Yasmin Disney, 21, from Upper Wharf Quay, said: ‘The gesture is appreciated but it’s still a bit of a kick in the teeth.’

Councillor Katrina Trott has spent months fighting for some form of compensation for her ward residents.

She said: ‘It’s not that much.

‘My view is that they have been greatly inconvenienced.

‘I’m pleased that they have got some compensation.

‘But I don’t think it’s enough.

‘I’m disappointed but I’m pleased that at least they have had some recognition of how much suffering they have been put through.

‘It’s not enough. But how successful residents will be in getting more, I don’t know.’

The Tesco store opened on November 28 – a week after the Quay Street roundabout was opened.

Mark Green of ISG, said: ‘We feel that we carried out and delivered the project extremely well considering the severe restrictions imposed on us.

‘We operated the website which gave the public a vehicle to raise issues which we always dealt with in a timely and professional manner – not always to everybody’s satisfaction but honestly nonetheless.’