I'm furious after 'bully' workers built an 8ft-high fence in the middle of my garden… it's ridiculous | The Sun

A WOMAN is furious at workers who she claims put an 8ft fence in the middle of her garden.

Gillian Arnold accused them of "bully-boy tactics" and threatened to take legal action.

Developer Camstead Homes' lawyers said the land is part of the overall site where they are building a new housing estate.

But Mrs Arnold refuted that, claiming she has maintained the land as a mini allotment for almost 20 years.

Ms Arnold, of Shepley, West Yorkshire, said: "We have been in dispute [about the land] since last year.

"They say it's theirs. But it's not in their plans and they don't show it being used.


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"They warned me they were going to [put the fence up]. I said they couldn't because we were in dispute [about the ownership] but they have decided that the land is theirs.

"They said they'd sent a letter to me but I've never seen it. They will not even share the said letters with my lawyers, so I can only believe they don’t exist.

"In fact they said they'd sent it to my lawyer, but I didn't even have a lawyer at the time.

"Then they brought it round. The man who delivered it took a picture of himself posting it through our door. It was dated April.

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"My take would be that because the land is disputed, then they should not be on there concreting enormous posts into my gardens.

"My greenhouse is on one side and I am on the other. This is bully-boy tactics, and it's out of order. I'm considering an injunction."

A spokesperson for Camstead Homes said: "The company has legal ownership of the land in question.

"It has erected a fence around its property to secure it, pending development. It would not be appropriate for us to comment any further in relation to this private matter."

Cllr John Taylor said he was "gobsmacked" when he saw the fence and suggested the dispute should be settled by legal means.

He said: "I am shocked at the way the developer has behaved.

"This is clearly a legal boundary dispute that needs settling through the courts and not by constructing a fence through the middle of somebody's garden.

"While that goes through the courts I would expect the developer to behave in an appropriate manner given that ultimately this is their neighbour."

Kirklees Council approved the contentious plan to build up to 34 homes on the site a site in May 2020 even though it is known to flood.

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Residents said the development would create even more problems, and could push run-off further down the valley as far as Fenay Bridge four miles away.

The decision to approve the scheme was made by the council under executive powers enacted during lockdown as its committees were unable to meet.

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