Trailer parked amid bound­ary row moved

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Jez Hem­ming

A GI­ANT lorry trailer left out­side a cou­ple’s win­dow, amid a bit­ter dis­pute with neigh­bours, has been re­moved.

For more than a year Sophia Hughes, 26, and hus­band Gwyn, 27, of Gaer­wen, An­gle­sey, and busi­ness­man Mark Jones had been ar­gu­ing over a bound­ary wall.

De­spite sign­ing over the struc­ture to the Jone­ses, the cou­ple ar­rived home on July 7 to find a trailer from an ar­tic­u­lated lorry parked right out­side their kitchen win­dow.

In a state­ment the Jone­ses claimed it was an “agri­cul­tural stor­age con­tainer” and that the cou­ple’s view of it would have been re­duced had they not taken down trees that be­longed to his fam­ily. Mrs Hughes cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied the felled trees be­longed to the Jone­ses.

Since Mrs Hughes con­tacted our sis­ter pa­per the Daily Post, the trailer has been re­moved to an­other part of the Jones’s land away from the Hughes’ fam­ily home.

Mrs Hughes said: “I am grate­ful that it’s all over and we just want to move on.”

Mrs Hughes said re­la­tions with Mr Jones and his wife were fine un­til they asked the Jone­ses if they could re­build a small wall on the edge of their land, but soured when the Jone­ses wanted sole own­er­ship of the newly built wall.

Mrs Hughes said her father, a vicar, re­ceived late night calls and let­ters from the cou­ple de­mand­ing they be given cus­tody of the bound­ary wall.

“They kept high­light­ing they had more au­thor­ity and money than us and we would never win,” said Mrs Hughes.

Af­ter con­sult­ing their so­lic­i­tor, they de­cided to sign over the struc­ture. Mrs Hughes said she had been told the Jone­ses would con­sider re­mov­ing the lorry trailer if she would re­im­burse them the cost of their le­gal fees and of­fer an apol­ogy.

She said: “I can’t af­ford to pay for their fees and I am not go­ing to apol­o­gise. I felt scared and in­tim­i­dated.”

Mr Jones, who runs oil firm G D Jones & Son Ltd in the town, ini­tially said he didn’t want to air his dirty laun­dry in public.

An email sent later to the Daily Post stated: “The trailer will serve the pur­pose of an agri­cul­ture stor­age con­tainer for the sur­round­ing farm­land, owned by Mr and Mrs Jones.

“The con­tainer/trailer is on Mr and Mrs Jones’ pri­vate land and does not con­tra­vene any crim­i­nal or plan­ning laws.

“Had the com­plainant not taken down the orig­i­nal wall and trees that be­long to Mr and Mrs Jones with­out per­mis­sion (by their ad­mis­sion), their view of the stor­age con­tainer would be dra­mat­i­cally re­duced.

“While I note your com­ments re­gard­ing Mr and Mrs Hughes’ ver­sion of events, we have a large file of ex­change le­gal let­ters that demon­strates oth­er­wise. We would like to add that the dis­pute orig­i­nated by Mrs Jones sim­ply ‘do­ing Mrs Hughes and her fam­ily a favour’.”

The trailer was moved at around 6.45pm on Thurs­day night. Mr Jones has been ap­proached for com­ment.

The HGV trailer, now moved, while it was parked near a bound­ary wall in Gaer­wen

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