Silence follows Great Yarmouth council fence payout

A PENSIONER who won �1015 in compensation after Great Yarmouth Borough Council destroyed his flowerbed is still awaiting the problem to be fixed.

Last month the Mercury described how Norman Payne, 92, was appalled to find that the fence in the back garden of his home in Shakespeare Road had been pulled down by the council and incorrectly replaced, infringing his boundary and destroying the flowerbed that he had spent decades cultivating.

And now his son-in-law, Peter Wilkinson, said that he would be sending a letter to the council having hit a brick wall when it comes to getting the authority to put their mistake right. Mr Wilkinson, a builder, said: “We waited for the compensation, which came through the day after a piece went in the Mercury with a note apologising.

“However, it was never about the money, and we’ve had nothing back from the council. I’ve called them and been told I would get a call back but we haven’t yet and it’s been a fortnight and they’ve not talked to us.”

Mr Payne was awarded the money in small claims court after complaints from a neighbour, who lives in a council house and with whom he is on good terms, complained that their washing was brushing against the old fence and getting dirty.

Mr Wilkinson added that his father-in law, who is currently ill in James Paget Hospital, “just wanted it put right and they’ve not put it right.”

A spokesperson for the borough council said: “We apologise for the delay in getting back to Mr Payne and will be in touch with him as soon as possible with further information”