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Residents hope legislation will help fight against MoD fence
12:00pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
Residents fighting against a plan to build a two metre high fence behind their gardens think they have found a piece of legislation to support their bid.
When residents in Speedwell Road, Colchester, received a letter from the Ministry of Defence announcing that the 500-metre steel fence could be put up as early as Tuesday, they immediately set to work opposing it.
About 25 people discussed the issue at a public meeting in St Barnabas Church Hall on Monday, led by resident Dave Smith.
He said: “It’s going to look like a prison camp.
“We live there and we were not consulted. It will impact on my quality of life.
“To just fence one part of it off seems absolutely ridiculous when people can gain access just a bit further along.
“I’m all for cooperation with the MoD but it needs to be a two way thing."
Mr Smith’s solicitor has written to the MoD claiming that they cannot erect the fence as they have prescriptive rights of way.
These rights occur if residents have had at least 20 years uninterrupted use of a site.
The solicitor is currently waiting for a response from the MoD.
See Thursday's Gazette for the full story.
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