Police were called last month when Julia Hartley, 53, erected a 4-foot-high lattice fence with a sign reading “Private 14-8”. The fence blocked a shared path used by 14 residents at the rear of terraced cottages on Common Road in Evesham, Worcestershire.
The path gave residents easy access to their terraced houses, and many elderly residents prefer to use the walkway to avoid descending steep steps in front of houses built 150 years ago.
The trellis has now been mysteriously demolished and thrown in the path, but 10 residents are preparing to go to court to ban fencing in the future.
Neighbor Joanne Kitchen, 45, said: “In order for us to get out now, we have to climb some stairs. If a person in a wheelchair or even the emergency services needed access, they couldn’t pass.
“It is a right of passage on all our acts. It’s all getting a bit controversial and that made it really horrible.
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“During the lockdown, my friend at number five, on the other side of that fence, was a real lifeline, so that makes it a little more personal for me.”
Another neighbor, Hannah Owen, said: “It sounds like bullying, my little girls keep saying they just want things to get back to normal. We find this very sad.
West Mercia Police said: “At approximately 8pm on June 25, we were called to report a neighbor dispute over access to Common Road, Evesham. This is a civil matter, however, our Safer Neighborhood team engages with all parties. “
Ms Hartley declined to comment.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-06 11:17:58