Whose fence is it?

Our garden is completely fenced in, and according to the deeds, our boundaries clearly defined.
The fence to the right of our property from the road belongs to our neighbour.
The fence on the left of our garden belongs to our other neighbour, but we are responsible for maintaining it as the posts are on our side.
OK, we did that when a fence post broke after The Beast from The East hit us, and put in a secondary post, then bolted that and the original to the fencing. It ain’t goin’ anywhere!
The fence at the bottom of the garden belongs to the owner of that property.
Or does it?

We had a knock on the door this afternoon and a woman I didn’t recognise said that our neighbour had had an accident and run her mobility scooter into our fence.

We were told it was the lady with the little dachshund, so although we were familiar with the dog, the owner didn’t come to mind at all.
It seems she hit it with such a clout, supposedly in reverse, that she caved the fence in and turned the scooter over, after running over her own feet.

Hubby goes down the garden to inspect the damage, and sure enough there are several feather boards protruding into our garden.
Thinking it was just a case of banging in a few nails, he lay flat on his back and kicked the fence in the hope that things would line up accordingly for reinforced bashing.
That would be a ‘No’ and an ‘Ah’ then.

Not to be deterred, he gets the sledgehammer out of the attic (them’s big nails!), arms himself with his big bag of big nails and I go round to the lady’s house to guide him in his quest.
I soon discover that the bar strut along the bottom of the fence has broken where she’d hit it and a fence post has rotted (not broken off yet) which is making the fence itself a bit wobbly.
Luckily for us, we had a board left over from our gate repair so were able to squash up two rather sorry looking boards and bridge the gap with the new one for stability.
We found a thick piece of batten on the lady’s side and used that to brace the broken strut with screws.
Hubby then bashed in about a dozen nails from our side to keep everything in place.
It’s pretty solid now.

We pointed out that the rotted fence post would need to be replaced, and if she arranged for a new one and bag of cement, Hubby would do the job for her.
Then came the kicker.
‘It’s not my fence.’
Made sense then why the other woman had come round to tell us she’d hit it.

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18 Responses to Whose fence is it?

  1. foguth says:

    I don’t know how surveys are done in England, but here in the US, fence posts are supposed to be the property of the person whose property they are on. IF the post is on both properties, both own it. This can make things tricky when paying for repairs becomes necessary.
    As per this particular section of fence, does the other property have fence on any other side and/or do either of ‘your’ two connecting sections of fence use the corner post? Corner posts can be a mega hint at ownership because – here – it is technically unlawful to attach fencing to someone else’s post. Thus, our back fence has posts on both corners, which ONLY are utilized by that section of fence, meaning it is totally our fence and the neighbors on either side actually put up the side fences.

    • We understand that if the posts on are your side, it’s your fence. It’s actually at the bottom of our garden and borders it. The two either side work on the post principle, and we accept that. We seem to have good neighbours there. Hubby’s repair is good and solid, so provided she doesn’t ram it again, should be OK.

  2. colinandray says:

    It would be interesting to question the local government dept involved as, over here, responsibilities re fence installations/maintenance are shared between the neighbors as long as the fence is on the property line. If you install a fence well onto your property, then it becomes your sole responsibility, and the neighbor can do whatever they want on their property.

    • It would appear that if the posts are on your side, it’s your fence, so that would suggest the responsibility is hers. However, the added ‘crunch’ is that she actually hit and damaged it, so the onus should be on her to get it fixed. Hubby’s done a good job though and we’ll see what happens about the post. He’s quite happy to do the job if she gets the materials, which will be about £20 including two bags of post mix.

  3. Graciousness and gratefulness has gone completely out of style. Grrrr. Please don’t looks a gift horse in the mouth?
    (One of my neighbors is dealing with a similar situation. sigh.)

    • We’ll be OK as we’re pretty easy going, and the fence is fixed for the time being. As we both have dogs, it’s in both of our interests to keep it maintained. The lady lives on her own and pretty much keeps herself to herself. We’ll see what happens as I checked with another neighbour about fences and apparently if the posts are on your side, it’s your fence, so we were right and it is hers. That fits in with the other fences we have around us.

  4. Oh dear! At least it is back in place now …

  5. colonialist says:

    You drive into a fence and are caught half-way through it.
    ‘Any words to say in de fence?’
    I have just had the screaming mutters from a next-door neighbour when I asked him to relocate his washline, which he attached to a heightening section I erected, and which was pulling it loose.

    • Ha! Kindly leave the stage for that joke 😀
      Oh lor. Our washing line is attached at one end to the house and the other to a post in the middle of the garden, so we won’t have that problem! We haven’t seen the lady today so wonder if she, or her friend, will contact us again.

      • colonialist says:

        Strange having a spokesperson! Is the route to your front door filled with hazards for her type of vehicle?

      • Her house is in a little cul de sac that runs behind our neighbours and our properties.
        Her mobility scooter is one of the bigger ones and she has a barrier made up of small metal grids across her drive to keep her dog in, which is the only obstacle from her house to ours as her roadway is wide enough for vehicles and pedestrians. I only met her for the first time yesterday and she was very unsteady on her feet (I think the glass in her hand had something to do with that though). From what I understand, she rarely talks to anyone but I’m keeping an open mind and respecting her privacy.

      • colonialist says:

        Maybe she is a serial sipper!

      • I don’t know, but from what her friend had said, she was pretty shaken up.

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