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Boughton Monchelsea pensioner ‘frustrated’ as missing fence panels create shortcut through her garden

A grandmother says she is “at her wits end” after missing fence panels created a shortcut through her garden.

Sandra Larsen from Boughton Monchelsea, claims Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) has refused to take responsibility for the remaining two panels, despite them previously fixing five.

In March last year, a section of the fence between cul-de-sacs Foster Clarke Drive and Bodkins Close blew down in a storm.

“We spoke to our neighbours and one of them told us they had tried to contact the council,” the 80-year-old said.

“It was confirmed the house next door to us was owned by MBC, so we assumed that they looked after the fence.”

Nine months later, a contractor repaired five of the panels, but left two missing at the front of her home.

Sandra said: “The important ones really are those two, because they are the most visible.

Foliage has now grown in the gap where the fence panels once stood
Foliage has now grown in the gap where the fence panels once stood

“We need the differentiation between the two roads and the cul-de-sacs.”

The retiree has lived at the property with her husband Poul for more than 15 years.

She says the small walkthrough leads onto an private alleyway, which is used to access a number of back gardens.

Sandra claims the council has told them that they aren’t responsible for the remaining two panels.

“They couldn’t tell us who exactly is responsible for them, they just said it wasn’t them,” she explained.

Sandra Larsen claims MBC has denied responsibility for the missing fence panels
Sandra Larsen claims MBC has denied responsibility for the missing fence panels

“The council basically left it with us to prove otherwise and to work it out between us and our neighbours.

“We are at our wits’ end. Is it legal or even logical to only be responsible for three-quarters of a fence?”

The gap, which is approximately a metre wide,

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