Grimsby: Neighborhood wars reach new heights after 6ft fence ruins

Sheila Parkinson says it is “terrible” to have the structure outside her window (Image: GrimsbyLive/MEN Media)

A pensioner has become enraged by his neighbour’s newly installed ‘large fence’.

Sheila Parkinson, 75, says she is “going crazy” over the wooden structure between the two homes.

She claims the 6-foot fence not only blocks her view, but also results in higher energy costs.

Sheila, of Grove Crescent in Grimsby, says the amount of natural light in her home has been limited.

She told Grimsby Live: “There’s a fence in my front window and there’s reduced daylight coming in. When it was put up in October I sat down in my room and thought, ‘I can’t see anyone out there’. It depresses me, to be honest.

“If I hadn’t had friends and my daughter to support me, I think I would have gone crazy. You would have gone crazy in this house, and when it gets colder now, you can’t go out as much.

“When you sit down on the sofa and look out the window, you can’t see anything. I’m 75 and alone a lot of the time and it’s awful. I have to have the light on a lot of the time and I don’t like it because it uses my power and it will cost me.

“I usually go out because I think, ‘I can’t sit here all day.’ I usually go for a walk or on the town or something like that, because otherwise I would go crazy. I don’t mind a big fence, but just not right in front of my window.

The 6ft fence outside Sheila Parkinson's home in Grimsby

The 6-foot fence outside Sheila Parkinson’s home in Grimsby (Image: GrimsbyLive/MEN Media)

She added: “I have to go out on my drive to look down the street.”

According to national guidelines for building permits, homeowners are not required to apply for building permits if a fence that is not adjacent to a motorway does not exceed two meters in height.

Therefore, the fence is not considered to be in breach of these guidelines.

Sheila said she has contacted North East Lincolnshire Council about the situation three times and has been told each time someone will visit her property to speak to her, but a visit has never materialised.

Sheila Parkinson with the 6ft fence outside her home in Grimsby

The 75-year-old says the fence limits her natural sunlight (Credit: GrimsbyLive/MEN Media)

In response, a spokesperson for North East Lincolnshire Council’s delivery partner EQUANS said that “due to circumstances outside [their] control’ a first planned visit to Sheila’s home had to be postponed.

They said: “This issue was first reported to our planning team on October 24 this year and there have already been discussions between the reporter of the work and the enforcement officer. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, an initial planned visit had to be delayed.

“But it has now been resolved and the officer in question has been in touch again and a rescheduled visit has been arranged.”

Before publication, Sheila’s neighbor was contacted by Grimsby Live, but did not want to comment on the matter.

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