Couple must pay £600 after refusing to demolish 'ugly' fence

Carl Milakovic

Carl Milakovic (53) and his wife Slavica (54) must pay more than £600 between them, after they failed to get planning permission for a fence that upset the neighbours - and then refused to demolish it.

The Express and Star reported that the couple, from Hednesford in Staffordshire, had fashioned their own style of fence. Lollipop man Carl had chopped down a row of trees - leaving 6.5 feet stumps. They then made a fence using the stumps as uprights and erecting planks in between.

It's certainly a striking look - and rises impressively above more the traditional fence erected by their neighbours. However, the back that faces the neighbours is decidedly less attractive than the side facing the couple's garden - something that isn't helped by the fact that the backs of the planks are painted black.

Rear of fence


The neighbours asked the council to step in, and in October they ruled the fence was of 'non standard construction' and should come down. The couple refused, so on December 7 they were given a final warning. They still failed to demolish the fence, and now face a fine of £60, costs of £285 each and a £20 surcharge. After the ruling, Carl replaced the fence.

The Daily Mail reported that things went so far, because Carl didn't think anyone had the right to dictate what kind of fence he put up - as it was in his garden.

Fence spats

He's not the first person to get into hot water over a fence. There have been a handful of fence spats in the last few weeks alone.

Most recently, it was reported that Robbie Williams had planned a fence along the driveway of his £9 million mansion in Wiltshire. However, the parish council objected on the grounds that it wasn't in keeping with the area. The decision is now in the hands of the town council.

Earlier this month, Broadchurch actress Eve Myles was ordered to take down a seven-foot fence at the front of her Cardiff home. She had added the fence to the top of a wall for privacy - and hadn't realised she needed planning permission. She applied retrospectively, but the neighbours complained.

In April, a couple were forced to demolish a high fence they had installed around their property - to protect their son who has Downs Syndrome and loves climbing and cars. They fought it on safety grounds, and lost.

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Couple must pay £600 after refusing to demolish 'ugly' fence

Gerard and Christina White from Moseley in Birmingham hit the headlines in September last year, when their neighbour ignored his planning permission, and built so close to their house that they said it effectively turned their detached property into a semi-detached one.

Despite the fact it left them unable to maintain the side of their property, the council washed their hands of the case, and said the couple would have to take private legal action if they wanted the extension to be pulled down.

Helen Coughlan, a 52-year-old carer from Woodford Bridge in north east London, was stunned when her neighbours built an extension just 24 inches from her window - completely obscuring her view.

Despite the fact she says it took £100,000 off the value of the home, and rendered it unsellable, the council said it could do nothing to force the demolition of the new extension.

In 2013, a row that had been rumbling for 17 years finally came to court. One of the neighbours had planted eight conifer trees in his front garden, and ignored repeated requests to cut them back to allow natural light into his neighbour’s home.

He was eventually forced to by a court - after the trees had caused a crack to appear in his neighbour’s wall.

Wendy and Paul Collins from Brownhills in the West Midlands watched in horror as their neighbours erected a six foot fence at the bottom of their front garden, blocking their front gate and leaving their car stranded on their front lawn.

Their home faces onto a car park serving a block of flats, and the owners of the flats erected the fence to stop the couple driving through the car park in order to park on their front lawn. The couple can still access their house through the back - and have a drive round the other side of the house - unfortunately their car is stuck on the lawn.

A Michigan man who had been through a bitter divorce, decided to get his revenge on his ex-wife by moving in next door.

As soon as he had moved in, he erected a 12 foot statue in the front garden, of a hand giving the finger. The statue is even lit up at night.

In May last year, Steven and Fiona Young from Blawith were ordered to pay their neighbours, Peter and Lesley Raymond, £600,000, after a campaign of harassment.

The Youngs had lived in a large farmhouse, but decades earlier sold up and moved to a smaller property next door. The Raymonds moved into the farmhouse and the Youngs became nightmare neighbours.

They piled rubbish in the garden, damaged fences, let animals foul their garden, and rode quad bikes over the grounds. When the Raymonds installed CCTV, Mr Young mooned them, and then painted over them.

The Raymonds sued for harassment, trespass, nuisance, assault and slander - and were awarded £200,000. The Youngs also had to pay £400,000 costs.


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