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‘Don’t break up our community’

MHBG-09-01-14 Upper Heyford Homes

From front clockwise - 
Nicky Sawbridge, Nick Blake, Marc Thielke, Timothy Bigelow - Chair of the residents association and Carly Thielke

MHBG-09-01-14 Upper Heyford Homes From front clockwise - Nicky Sawbridge, Nick Blake, Marc Thielke, Timothy Bigelow - Chair of the residents association and Carly Thielke

Residents at Upper Heyford Airbase are concerned their community will be shattered as they are forced to move out of their homes as part of a 10-year refurbishment project.

Tenants of 28 bungalows, owned by The Dorchester Group, received a letter just before Christmas stating they would have to vacate their homes within two months to allow for refurbishment work.

Nicola and Vince Sawbridge, of Trenchard Circle, were advised the group were going to move them out, refurbish the properties and sell them back at £320,000.

Mrs Sawbridge said: “A lot of people have lived here for up to 18 years; many of them are elderly and aren’t able to get a mortgage and we don’t want to break up the community.”

She added when they first moved into the property in 2011, they were told they could buy the property in its current condition for about £120,000.

Catherine Beagley, sales and marketing director of Dorchester Living, said all tenants would be offered an alternative affordable option within Heyford Park.

She added: “To create a sustainable future for Heyford Park, it is important we address the current conditions of the existing properties. To accommodate our customers, we have agreed to pay for the removal costs should tenants move to another property at Heyford Park.

“We can also confirm that tenants will not be charged for the renewal costs of any new tenancy agreement.”

 

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