Boundaries and paper road incite neighbours

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 01/03/2014
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JOHN BISSET/ Fairfax NZ

NEIGHBOURS AT WAR: Rosemary Chappell is at her wits' end over a boundary dispute.

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A stoush between neighbours that has dragged on for a year looks set to continue for some time yet.

Residents, lawyers, police and council staff are involved in a dispute over property access, with common ground elusive.

The argument centres around boundaries and a paper road.

Geraldine resident Rosemary Chappell says the last year has been a nightmare, with an ongoing battle with neighbour Gerald Pemberton.

She says that she was approached by Mr Pemberton last year after he purchased a neighbouring section.

"He visited me, requesting access to my land to relocate two houses from Christchurch that were damaged."

Her property backs on to a paper road and a section that connects Talbot St and Majors Rd.

Ms Chappell says Mr Pemberton wanted to access both properties to transport the houses through the rear of his section on Talbot St.

"The next thing I knew he had a digger and was ripping out the hedge on my side of the fence, together with the wire netting fence. I said he was not to come on to my property. I served a trespass notice on him, which I also delivered to the Timaru police."

Meanwhile, police, council staff and neighbours were called to a meeting on site.

Ms Chappell says Mr Pemberton then agreed to replace the fence and not enter the paper road with heavy machinery.

"In the meantime, this situation makes me feel very vulnerable," Ms Chappell said.

"I want him to make reparation for the fence."

Mr Pemberton said he did not want to comment on the matter.

Police said they would meet to further discuss the matter on Monday.

Sergeant Graham Sharp, of Temuka, said he would meet with Geraldine constable Murray Thatcher to look at getting some resolution between the parties.

Timaru District Council regulatory services group manager Chris English said: "I believe this is a neighbour issue, not a council matter; I am unaware of Mr Pemberton breaching any bylaws."

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- The Timaru Herald

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