A Scots mum has been ordered to tear down the garden fence she built herself – despite condoms and used syringes being tossed into her kids’ play area. Natalie Anderson installed the high wooden fencing outside her home in Bilston, Midlothian, to deter the unwanted items from being thrown into the garden where her children and dogs play.
But when she put a retrospective planning application in for the fence, she was told part of it was too high and that it needs to be half the size, reports Edinburgh Live.
The mum has lodged an appeal against the decision with Scottish Ministers but says her first attempt was lost and the second rejected because it should have gone to the council’s own local review body. The deadline to appeal to the Midlothian Council has now passed.
Natalie said: “It is ridiculous, the fence was raised to stop things being thrown in my garden and it looks much better than the old fencing or putting a hedge in, which would be allowed. It doesn’t block any views on the road and is keeping my family safe. I even offered to put plants in front of it, but that was rejected.”
When she tried to appeal to the review body she was told she could not because she had taken too long. She said: “I didn’t see anything in the letter telling me the fence had to be reduced in size, which told me where I should appeal to.
“Now the council is saying that because I went to the wrong place first, I