8ft fence constructed to maintain yobs out of property is ordered to be torn down

  • EXCLUSIVE: Locals have demanded £2k fence keep put however council need it gone
  • Resident obtained the fence erected after turning into sick of anti-social behaviour
  • Council have given native six months to tear unlawful fence down from avenue 

Locals are livid after a neighbour who constructed a crime combating fence nicknamed the ‘nice wall of Colchester’ has been ordered to tear it down.

The eight-foot tall picket barrier was put up by the vigilante resident who was fed up of anti-social behaviour plaguing the doorway to the newbuild property, simply exterior Colchester City Centre.

The resident, who obtained funding from the property’s builders, initially claimed he didn’t want planning permission for the barrier.

But the council disagreed and has given him six months to have it eliminated.

Neighbours need the £2k fence to remain and declare it has stopped vandalism and assaults the place their properties have been stoned, automotive tyres have been let down and used needles left within the street.

One lady informed MailOnline: ‘It’s been great ever since. The downside actually stopped in a single day – and it means we’ve obtained our pretty little group again – it is like heaven.’

The eight-foot tall fence (pictured, with a red and white sign) was built across a path into the estate to deter anti-social behavior after residents complained

The eight-foot tall fence (pictured, with a purple and white signal) was constructed throughout a path into the property to discourage anti-social habits after residents complained 

The fence has a warning notice stating that the square and 22 homes on the housing estate are private property

The fence has a warning discover stating that the sq. and 22 properties on the housing property are personal property

A neighbour has built a fence dubbed the 'great wall of Colchester' in order to protect a housing estate battling drugs gangs and vandals  (pictured, Cllr Dave Harris and resident Jennifer Redford)

A neighbour has constructed a fence dubbed the ‘nice wall of Colchester’ so as to shield a housing property battling medicine gangs and vandals  (pictured, Cllr Dave Harris and resident Jennifer Redford)

Retrospective planning permission was utilized for however Colchester Council has ordered the barrier be torn down inside six months. 

City and county councillor Dave Harris, who has taken up the case for the residents, mentioned: ‘I’ve had many complaints about anti-social behaviour and abuse in addition to harm to automobiles and property.

‘This is a stunning little property nevertheless it had grow to be a nightmare for folks residing right here. The path was utilized by the sellers and their prospects and there was a number of related issues resembling harm to automobiles, home windows being smashed and shouting and screaming.

‘I had many complaints from residents and requested the land-owners to contemplate taking steps to curb the issues. The administration firm prompt placing up a fence to dam the trail and the residents have been pleased with that.

‘It was put up with council recommendation however now all of the sudden the folks there have been informed that it should come down – and so they must discover one other strategy to shield themselves.’

Resident Sarah Crace, 37, mentioned: ‘Things have been getting worse and worse – it was not a secure place to let your youngsters play however for the reason that gate has been constructed it’s a pretty to stay right here once more.

‘I used to be one of many first to maneuver in and till, a few years in the past it was pretty to stay right here. But the cut-through quickly grew to become a helpful route for the sellers and their prospects.

‘The wall has been very efficient and we hope it will probably keep. Life has been a lot quieter because it went up and other people simply really feel safer today.’

School caretaker Tim Everett and his spouse Jayne who stay within the new improvement are dissatisfied on the lack of motion take to scrub up the issues of the drug customers and suppliers.

But Colchester council say there is no planning permission for the fence and have said it needs to be taken down within six months (pictured, Cllr Dave Harris and resident Jennifer Redford)

But Colchester council say there isn’t a planning permission for the fence and have mentioned it must be taken down inside six months (pictured, Cllr Dave Harris and resident Jennifer Redford)

Residents are furious with the council's decision because they claim it protects them from vandalism and attacks on their cars

Residents are livid with the council’s choice as a result of they declare it protects them from vandalism and assaults on their automobiles 

Tim, a former builder, mentioned: ‘We got here right here as a result of it appeared so good and peaceable. 

‘But there are issues and everybody who lives right here was in favour of the wall – it discourages the sellers and other people hanging across the sq. ready for his or her repair.’

Another younger mom residing within the sq. mentioned: ‘The scenario was simply getting worse and worse – these folks have been even sitting on my automotive and overtly doing medicine – smoking pipes and issues.

‘It was happening for a lot of the day and at night time till all of us determined to do do one thing about it. 

‘We all agreed {that a} fence was the reply so we talked to the brokers who handle the place and so they used £2,500 to place up the barrier.

‘And it has been great ever since. The downside actually stopped in a single day – and it means we’ve obtained our pretty little group again – it is like heaven.’

Nearby resident Jennifer Radford, 77, mentioned: ‘There was usually police exercise in that space. One of the issues was that there was not sufficient CCTV or avenue lights.’

But Colchester City Council – regardless of initially supporting the wall – at the moment are insisting it must come down.

A council spokesman mentioned: ‘We request the applicant’s co-operation in eradicating the fencing following the Planning Committee’s choice to refuse the applying.

‘If they don’t attraction, or if their attraction is subsequently dismissed, and so they fail to cooperate in eradicating the fencing inside an inexpensive time frame, we shall be compelled to make use of statutory enforcement powers.’

However a spokesman for Boydens, the Colchester brokers who handle the property mentioned: ‘We sought and acquired written affirmation from the Principal Planning Officer of Colchester Borough Council that no permission could be wanted to put in the fence and so this was carried out on our purchasers instruction.’