Neighbour upset after fence is put up without their permission in Wisbech
- Credit: Harry Rutter
A neighbourhood dispute has erupted over a wooden fence that suddenly sprouted up outside a 68-year-old man’s bungalow home in Wisbech.
The fence was erected besides Graham Longmate’s home in Kestrel Drive around four weeks ago.
The brown trellis panels sit just over a metre away from the side of his home, covering the front windows.
Mr Longmate is mystified why his neighbour would want to erect the fence.
And Wisbech councillor Sam Hoy who has been to investigate is also puzzled.
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“I’m quite saddened by the situation,” she said. “I know that the neighbours are very unhappy about it all. I think it’s really sad.
“I have spoken to the planning department at Fenland Council but because the site is owned by the developer Reason Homes there is nothing they can do. I just hope it gets resolved.”
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Reason Homes has been contacted by the Wisbech Standard but has so far failed to respond.
And we’ve posted a letter to the neighbour who erected the fence asking why it needed to be close to Mr Longmate’s home.
Mr Longmate has lived in the bungalow in the un-adopted road since September last year, but before that he had rented it out for nine years. His daughter, Anna, 35, said she was disgusted that fence had been positioned so closely to her father’s home – claiming that the police, council and developer Reason Homes don’t want to investigate the matter further.
The mother-of-two, who also lives in Wisbech, explained: “It was a weekend and my dad was out and then these stumps were there and then this fence was put up. My dad could not believe what had happened.
“I have contacted the council and the police but basically no one wants to do anything about it – we just don’t know where to go from here.
Anna said that her father had also spent more than £5,000 on solicitor’s fees.
“He [the neighbour who put the fence up] thinks that he owns the road, but since then it’s got a lot worse. This happened four weeks ago. He drilled into the road and damaged it but because it’s an un-adopted road its nobodies road so no one has responsibility for it,” she said.
“Dad contacted solicitors because it’s not just one person’s road but everyone has the right of way. But where do we go next?
“I really want to see an end to this now, its diabolical and just not fair for anyone down there.”