Mother says new fence has cre­ated an ‘eye­sore’

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

AN “eye­sore un­us­able space” has turned a new dream home into a “night­mare”, a home owner claims.

Claire Rum­be­low said ex­tra fenc­ing was erected around the side of her fam­ily’s new five-bed prop­erty after ram­blers started stray­ing off the path and walk­ing across their land and peer­ing in through the win­dows.

But the 36-year-old mum of two said house builder Charles Church’s so­lu­tion to that prob­lem has just left her with an even big­ger headache.

The fenc­ing has cre­ated what she said is an “eye- sore un­us­able space” at the side of the house, which cost al­most £300,000, on the Parc Der­wen es­tate in Coity, Brid­gend.

As the orig­i­nal gar­den wall is still stand­ing – Claire said she has been quoted a min­i­mum of £500 to re­move the sec­tion of wall that di­vides the two ar­eas – the new space can­not be ac­cessed from the back gar­den. How­ever a gate was in­stalled at the front.

“Some­body said to me ‘Why don’t you keep chick­ens in it?’,” said Claire, who shares the house with her chil­dren aged two and four and part­ner Chris.

She agreed to have the fence “after a long bat­tle with Charles Church” to come up with a so­lu­tion.

And, even though the com­pany di­rec­tor Andy Baker-Ed­wards did ad­mit it would look like “an af­ter­thought” in cor­re­spon­dence, Claire has been shocked by how out of place it looks.

She has called on Charles Church to de­mol­ish the ex­ist­ing back gar­den wall to cre­ate allthrough ac­cess and also to re­place the close panel fenc­ing with a wall and panel de­sign in keeping with the rest of the prop­erty.

But the house builder has re­fused to un­der­take any more work.

Claire said: “In hind­sight it’s re­ally not been a very good idea. We have no ac­cess into the new fenced-off area from our back gar­den.

“Re­ally it’s just been left as an un­us­able space which I don’t know what to do with.

“How they feel it’s ac­cecpt­able to leave my prop­erty the way they have is as­ton­ish­ing.

“The com­pany di­rec­tor Andy Baker-Ed­wards came to the house in Oc­to­ber and said the prop­erty clearly hadn’t be ready to move into and shouldn’t have been handed over.

“At that time I had been liv­ing here for three months so I find it com- pletely shock­ing. This isn’t what you ex­pect when you pay so much for a prop­erty.”

She said this cou­pled with other is­sues – in­clud­ing an over­hang­ing oak tree and a mildew is­sue in the kitchen cup­boards which has led to the re­place­ment of or­di­nary bricks with vent bricks – have turned the fam­ily’s “dream home into a night­mare”.

Andy Baker-Ed­wards, di­rec­tor-in-charge at Charles Church West Wales, said: “I met with this cus­tomer per­son­ally and, after much dis­cus­sion, we came to an agree­ment whereby we erected a new fence along the bound­ary line.

“This work was car­ried out as agreed. As a com­pany we feel we have done all we can to rec­tify the prob­lem and, con­se­quently, we will not be re­vis­it­ing this is­sue.”

ABBY BOLTER

Claire Rum­be­low at the fenced-off area on the side of her prop­erty in Parc Der­wen, Brid­gend

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