No one will buy our house because of fracking

"We sold our house twice. But the buyers backed out. They were concerned about fracking coming to town." 

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Last year Marie Taylor fell ill. Her ailing health meant she needed to be closer to shops and public transport.

So Marie and her husband Rowland made the difficult decision to move out of Roseacre.

They’d been living there for 11 years. All their pension money is invested in the house. Never did they dream of having difficulty selling. But the threat of fracking changed everything.

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One family that backed out of buying said:

Sorry we can’t bring a child up in that environment. We’ll have to back out.

 

Nothing to gain from fracking

"In February last year we had a letter put through the door to say they were going to frack in our area for gas," says Marie.

“In Roseacre we don’t have gas and we will never have gas because it’s a small rural village.

“We feel very upset that we’re going through all this planning and disruption and we won’t gain anything.”

Marie and Roland Taylor in Roseacre
Marie and Roland Taylor in Roseacre.

Fracking could hit property prices

Our property is our pension money, it’s for the rest of our lives," says Marie. "We’ve worked hard to get that property and we don’t want to lose money on it.

“Our first buyers came, looked around the house. They had a 2-year-old girl. We went out into the garden and the lady had tears rolling down her face.

“She said, ‘This house is everything I want, I could see [our daughter] running round in this garden, it is absolutely beautiful.'

“2 or 3 days afterwards, she did her research into fracking, came back and said, sorry we can’t bring a child up in that environment. We’ll have to back out.“

Elderly residents trapped

Marie is concerned what fracking will do to the local area and its residents, young and old alike.

“There’s a village school and a church and the community revolve around that.

“Some of my neighbours were in the 80 range… and a lot of them are really depressed because they can’t go anywhere; they’ve got to stay there.”

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This article was first published on 20 January 2015

portrait of Marie Taylor in Roseacre