Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Home You Just Bought Faces Axe

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Home You Just Bought Faces Axe

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Byline: By Peter Young

To lisa and Mick Rawnsley there was no place like home.

After eight years as tenants, the couple, decided it was time to buy their four-bedroom council house.

But two weeks after completing the deal a letter came from the council saying the property was earmarked for demolition.

Mrs Rawnsley said this was the first they knew of the plan for their home in Finchley Court, Daisy Hill, Walkergate, Newcastle.

With their discount under the tenants' right-to-buy scheme, they paid pounds 43,000.

Housing chiefs said demolition is one of three options and no final decision will be taken until consultations are complete. But Mrs Rawnsley, 32, a fast food restaurant assistant manageress, and Mick, 35, a driver, who have children Daniel, 15, Kelly, 13, and Ross, 11, fear the worst.

The property is in an area of Newcastle scheduled for redevelopment by the council, which insists a majority of residents favour of demolition.

"I nearly passed out when I read the letter," said Mrs Rawnsley. "We wouldn't have bought if we had known they were considering knocking it down. We love our house, we've done a lot of work to it, and we don't want to move. Our children have grown up here and we don't want to start again somewhere else.

"We could lose a lot of money if this happens but it's the kids we are worried about most. Their friends live around here and it would be upsetting for them to move."

Mrs Rawnsley said demolition proposals did not show up on the property search when they purchased the house. "It came out of the blue," she said. "I'm shocked and angry. We will oppose any proposal to pull down our home."

Other residents of Finchley Court have also vowed to fight demolition.

Theresa and Bob Newton moved there 14 years.

Mrs Newton, 45, said: "It's a beautiful house and we don't want to move. …

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