Builders put up 8ft metal fence through woman’s garden – and she’s fuming

A furious woman is threatening to take a developer to court after it built a wall through the middle of her allotment.

The dispute over ownership of the land has been brewing for months, but the spat in Huddersfield hit new heights last week when the 8ft-high metal fence was put up by workers.

Gillian Arnold said the builders had used “bully-boy tactics” and said there had been “no quibbling” with them because “they were not going to stop”, reports Yorkshire Live.

Lawyers for Leeds-based developer Camstead Homes claim the land, off Abbey Road, is part of the site of the new Shepley New Mills housing estate.

But Gillian says she has maintained the land as an allotment for almost 20 years.

She said: “We have been in dispute since last year. They say it's theirs. But it's not in their plans and they don't show it being used,” said Gillian.

“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.

"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."

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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."

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

“I am shocked at the way the developer has behaved,” he said.

“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.”

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