A PREGNANT woman is fuming after her neighbour built a fence through her garden – and then charged her £600 for it.
Lorraine Smith, 32, from Edinburgh, slammed her neighbour for building the wooden fence through the communal back garden they share.
The mum-to-be, who is eight months pregnant, said that the passage created by the fence is too narrow to fit her buggy through, and that her elderly grandparents now can't access the garden.
Lorraine told EdinburghLive: "The neighbours haven't even been living here for a year but my nana, who is 78, has lived there since she was 15.
"As it's an old coal mine house, the back garden is communal and so are the steps at the back of the property.
"When they moved in last August they were told that is was a communal garden and was split in half so anything that they wanted to build had to be put in a letter to my grandparents.
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She added: "Last Thursday, February 23, I came to the house and saw the joiner building the fence.
"When the neighbours were planning on building it, they told my grandparents but did not say that it would take up one metre of their land.
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"They said they wanted their own privacy and couldn't understand why it was a communal area anyway."
Lorraine claimed her grandparents initially agreed to the fence and even forked up £600 for it, before realising it restricted their access to the garden.
Her frail granddad is now allegedly unable to get down the communal steps to take his dog for a walk.
She said: "When the joiner was building it, I went and knocked on their door but funnily enough nobody was in.
"Later that night, I knocked again and they told me I was just looking for an argument and that the fence was built so I'd have to deal with it.
"My nana is in tears due to the whole situation and it's so sickening as they have lived here their whole lives.
"I have tried to speak with the neighbours again but they basically slammed the door in my face.
"They asked why I would need access with a pram to the garden but that's nothing to do with them and it saves me walking all the way around to get access to the park."
Lorraine's neighbours declined to comment when approached by journalists.
Edinburgh Council said: "We are aware of this incident and looking into it."
It comes after a woman was left fuming after claiming part of her fence went missing – before she allegedly found it burnt in her neighbour's back garden.
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