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Collapsed fence makes garden unsafe for kids

DANGEROUS DEBRIS: Norman Riella, 76, and the eyesore fence of Hampshire Court care home, which collapsed into his garden.
DANGEROUS DEBRIS: Norman Riella, 76, and the eyesore fence of Hampshire Court care home, which collapsed into his garden.

AN ELDERLY man says he has had to ban his great-grandchildren from playing in his garden because a collapsed fence of an adjacent care home left dangerous pieces of wood and debris lying on his lawn.

Norman Riella, who lives in Hampshire Lane, Marsden, often has his eight great-grandchildren over to play in his lawned back garden, which he has kitted out with outdoor toys.

Norman Riella is angry over Hampshire Court residential nursing home fence which has been blown over in his garden

Norman Riella is angry over Hampshire Court residential nursing home fence which has been blown over in his garden

But the garden has been a no-go area for five weeks after a large fence belonging to Hampshire Court Care Home blew over onto the 76-year-old’s property.

Mr Riella says it is the third time the fence has been brought down by high winds in 18 months and, despite numerous phonecalls to the home, broken fence panels are still littering the lawn.

“It’s getting on my nerves,” Mr Riella said. “All I have between my garden and their building is that fence and now it looks like a rubbish dump. They have said they are coming to do it, but it has been five weeks now.

“I have eight great-grandchildren. They love the garden and I have got things for them to play with. Now I’m worried they will get hurt on the rubble and I’ve told the home that if they get hurt they are going to be in big trouble.”

“Every time there is wind the fence comes down, they will patch it up but it keeps on happening.

“I have called them six times. All they are saying is that they are getting estimates but nothing ever happens.”

A spokeswoman for the owner of Hampshire Court, North East Carehomes Ltd, told the Gazette that work to erect a brand new fence will start on Monday.

She said that each time the fence has come down it has “always been seen to” and added that the delay was down to bad weather and waiting for estimates to be provided for the work.

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