Warring neighbours embroiled in row over fence

Members of the committee at Crofts Manor< Freckleton  near the 100m long fence that  will have to be lowered after Fylde Council intervened in a dispute between neighbours.
Members of the committee at Crofts Manor< Freckleton near the 100m long fence that will have to be lowered after Fylde Council intervened in a dispute between neighbours.

Residents will have to reduce the height of a newly-built fence surrounding their homes – after council officers were forced to intervene in a row between neighbours.

Residents at the Croft Manor development in Freckleton built the 100m fence to retain privacy for ground floor home owners.

The building of the fence came after a hedge was cut down on the land of Croft Manor – which residents in Wades Croft, a neighbouring road, had objected to. Fylde Council initially sided with Wades Croft residents, but those in Croft Manor got the decision overturned, removed the hedge and built the fence.

One resident on the committee of Croft Manor services felt this decision was key in what he called “sour grapes” from the council.

A spokesman for the group said: “We are a bit disappointed in what has happened.

“It was built for privacy reasons. There was a dead hedge on our land and we wanted it removed, but I think that was the cause of the problems. We tried to remove the hedge – but people in Wades Croft got involved and objected to it. We’ve had battle after battle.

“Fylde Council initially agreed with them, but we used a solicitor and overturned the decision. We removed the hedge and had the fence built.

“We are talking about half a metre here. It is simply sour grapes. We feel the planning officer, whose decision we overturned about the hedge, has been very difficult with us over the fence decision.”

Hughie May, 58, who lives in Wades Croft said the strength of objection to the fence was clear: “Thirty residents have signed a petition against it. Many people said why could the hedge not just stay? Let’s make it clear, it isn’t a big, bad council targeting people here – there is more to it than that.”