RESIDENTS have blasted a neighbor who decided to build an ‘eyesore’ fence resembling a ‘sheepfold’ in the garden.
The Victorian property in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire is shared by four people with a shared outdoor area.
Despite this, one resident bizarrely decided to fence off her own section of the back garden, reports Gloucestershire Live.
The 1.8 m high fence divides the area and was planned by neighbors as an “eyesore” and “sheepfold”.
The fence has caused the municipal waste storage facility to be relocated, causing inconvenience and frustration for other residents, particularly the elderly.
Alice Reeve, a resident who lives with her elderly mother, said: “My mother and I have lived here for 35 years.
“It’s an interesting property. It is a beautiful Victorian building overlooking Pittville Park.
“It has always been the case that the apartments share the garden at the back. That has always proven itself over the years – it is a very open space.”
Alice went on to explain that the pesky resident moved in about five years ago and immediately made her intentions for more privacy clear.
She said: “During lockdown I analyzed it and thought this isn’t going to work. It’s such a beautiful property and I knew it wasn’t going to work.
“She wants privacy, but this is absolutely ridiculous. I can look out my bedroom window and see ‘her garden’.
“I could also just look over the fence, so it doesn’t really give her any privacy.”
According to Alice, the ordeal affected the other residents of the house equally.
“It’s the poor neighbors I feel sorry for,” she explained.
“Your kitchen window now faces the fence. The basement apartment now only has a view of the fence.
“I’ve heard people call it a depressing eyesore, a sheepfold and stuff like that. It is absolutely horrible and all the neighbors were screaming about it.”
Alice said the inconvenience caused by the shed forced her and other residents to object to construction plans.
“The drive is so long and the food containers are heavy. At the end of the day we just want to get it out there and it’s part of everyday life,” she added.
Her mother, Annie, was equally shocked and “disappointed” by the saga.
She said: “I’m so disappointed in her – that’s how I feel. She can actually do that to vulnerable people.
“To me, it’s all connected to greed. I called it a sheep pen!
“I’ve lived here for 35 years and this just doesn’t happen. It’s a bit of a shock.”
The fence was erected after a planning application was approved by the local council, despite objections from Alice and two other apartments.
Residents of four said “the proposed fence would be an absolute eyesore,” while residents of apartment two were “terrified” that the resident was able to get her project approved.
Incredibly, her roommate also submitted a second application for “construction of a summer house behind the existing garage”, which all three residents again unanimously objected to.
The resident who built the fence was approached but declined to comment.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4954935/our-neighbour-put-up-an-eyesore-fence-in-garden/ My neighbor has put a ‘sheepfold’ in our community garden so she has her own section – this is an eyesore