A fence put up to combat anti-social behaviour in an area of Tring has caused uproar and has been branded ‘an eyesore’ by neighbours.
People living in Shugars Green, off Brook Street, were appalled when Dacorum Borough Council erected a 6ft green fence across a path and around a bungalow without consulting them first.
The fence now blocks a pathway used regularly by many people, and was apparently installed to protect neighbours from anti-social behaviour
But people affected by the new barrier are unhappy with the way the council has handled the situation and want the fence removed.
Neighbour Jackie Luff said: “It’s atrocious. It’s all I can see from my kitchen window. I never knew they were putting it up until the day they came to do it.”
Neighbour Gordon Routley said: “I don’t know what they were thinking of. It’s a waste of money. We all want it down.”
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said one of their neighbours had experienced vandalism on their property: “From what I heard, I think they had a bit of trouble with young boys breaking one of their troughs with flowers in it.
“But we’ve all had problems with anti-social behaviour, so if they fence one off, they should fence us all off. I disagree with it, and it’s very unsightly.”
Others also expressed their concern that the fence would stop people escaping to safety in the event of a fire.
It emerged that Dacorum Borough Council consulted people living in just four of the properties in the cul-de-sac before making the decision to give the £1,000 fence the go-ahead.
Councillor Penny Hearn said the council acknowledged the fact that it didn’t consult residents properly before putting the fence up, and would do what it could to put things right.
She said: “I want to resolve this, and I want to do something to help the residents. Until I knocked on their doors, I didn’t know how strongly they felt, so I’m glad I did.”
A full consultation with all neighbours is due to be held on Shugars Green at 11.30am on Friday, July 5.