‘Colossal’ fence which left neighbour in tears investigated by council

A council has said it will investigate a colossal fence which left a neighbour in tears. Kirklees Council said they would investigate further after a couple complained that a fence their neighbour put up left them feeling like they were living in a prison.

Sharon and John Boltwood, who have lived on the Walpole Estate for more than 40 years and at their current property for around 25, said they couldn’t believe it when they saw the fence.

Sharon, 59 said: “John and I couldn’t believe it. When I saw what she had done I thought: ‘Oh, my God. I was looking at the height of it in complete disbelief. I just couldn’t believe my eyes.”

The couple added that the fence “left them feeling like they are living in Armley Prison.”

In a statement, a representative of Kirklees Council said: “Our planning team will be happy to discuss these concerns with Sharon and John Boltwood, and investigate the issue further.”

The couple’s 43-year-old neighbour, who put up the fence, said she decided to put up the fence to protect her two-year-old son from running into the road.

She told YorkshireLive: “As far I was concerned everything was OK. We are good neighbours to them and the fact that they have complained in this way is really upsetting.

“We checked with the people who installed it and that it was OK. It’s strange because in the past they have had horses and chickens a the back which created a problem with rats but we never complained to them about it.

“We have been really, really good neighbours to them.”

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The neighbour added: “I would just like to add that we had many quotes for the fence, so it wouldn’t have been a shock that a fence was getting put up.

“Both neighbours were told on each side, and neither asked about the height. I’m not even angry about what they have done, I am just so upset, we have been so close all these years! We have never had any problems with anything.

“They have a gate on their side of the house that’s for our right of way we haven’t had access to for 20-plus years.

“That’s in our deeds, which is padlocked, and we have never been given a key – if there’s a fire then we’re done for, and if we could get past then their dogs would attack.”

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The neighbour also said that Boltwood’s fence at the back was higher than theirs and that they made no complaints when it was erected.

They said: “And their fence around the back is higher than ours. No complaint was made by us.

“When we found this person to put up the fence, they look to see which height is acceptable for our area less than two metres according to Kirklees’ website, local constraints on the property, and planning permission.

“So when I said we’ve been good neighbours  and never complained despite everything, it is upsetting that a fence has been put up to keep my child safe.”

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