Gran hurt in garden fence row

Chrisitne Clewlow in a neck brace and head support after row with Bellway Homes builders over her garden fence.
Chrisitne Clewlow in a neck brace and head support after row with Bellway Homes builders over her garden fence.

A grandmother claims she was knocked unconscious as builders tried to take down her garden fence following a bitter land dispute.

Christine Clewlow, 54, was taken to hospital in an ambulance after falling to the ground. She claims she tumbled over while trying to hold on to a fence panel to stop it being moved.

The incident happened at her home in Mayfield Avenue, Adlington, where Mrs Clewlow and neighbours are battling housebuilder Bellway Homes over boundary rights at the developer’s Grove Farm estate.

Police were called to the incident – which Mrs Clewlow claims developed after the builders turned up and said the fence had to be removed – but they said no crime had been committed.

“I was holding on to fence panels in a corner,” said Mrs Clewlow, who has a video of the incident. “One of the workmen is on stepladders over the fence with an electric screwdriver trying to unscrew the panels from the post, leaning right over.

“There’s another on the other side trying to prise panels away. They were doing something underneath as well.

“Between myself, my partner and the next door neighbour, we were trying to keep the fence together.

“The next minute, one of the panels shoots back. Something comes up from underneath and I went backwards onto concrete base panels.”

Mrs Clewlow added: “It’s been an ongoing dispute with Bellway since August over the boundary, which was pointed out to them before they put a spade in the ground. The whole avenue is affected.

“We back onto open farmland which is now a Bellway estate. Nobody had fencing at the end of their garden, it was a natural drainage ditch which belongs to the properties. Over the years people have put fences up, some had hedges, others had a few trees.”

Mrs Clewlow and neighbours have sought legal advice over the boundary dispute.

Bellway Homes were asked to comment on the incident but had not done so before the paper went to press.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “The woman and her partner have been spoken to and accept that her injuries are not as a result of an assault.

“There was no physical contact.

“It’s an ongoing civil matter and there will be no police investigation.”

A spokesperson for North West Ambulance Service confirmed they had sent an ambulance to the street on that day.

Chorley Council sent its officers to the site last September amid complaints of a land collapse, and asked Bellway to work with residents to resolve any issues.