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Mum fears for son’s safety

Story: ferrybridge land/garden dispute. Who owns my garden?
Amy Scholes is pictured with baby Jack, in what should be her front garden. She has been told by WDH that although she owns her home, she doesn't onw the garden, and as such has to stop tending it.
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Story: ferrybridge land/garden dispute. Who owns my garden? Amy Scholes is pictured with baby Jack, in what should be her front garden. She has been told by WDH that although she owns her home, she doesn't onw the garden, and as such has to stop tending it. p305a423

Furious mum Amy Scholes fears for the safety of her son after being told she is not allowed to put a fence around her front garden.

In 2010 Mrs Scholes, 28, bought a former council house on Pontefract Road, Ferrybridge, where she lives with husband Andrew and baby son Jack.

But the garden was not part of the deal and is owned by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) who she claims have told her to stop tending it.

Mrs Scholes said: “It’s been horrific I don’t understand why we have to be dragged through all this.

“It’s stressful enough raising a child but this has just been an unwanted addition.

“Our main concern though has never been the maintenance of the garden it has always been Jack’s safety .

“It won’t be long before he is walking and we live on a main road so I wanted to make it safe for him by putting up a fence.”

Mrs Scholes has put a sign up in the garden telling her neighbours and passers by why the garden has been left overgrown.

She said despite WDH telling her to stop tending it, the grass had not been cut since August last year.

Mrs Scholes added: “It’s really embarrassing. People keep stopping me in the street and asking me why it’s in such a mess.

“One of the neighbours even asked my husband if he needed some help doing it because he thought it was because we didn’t have time.”

Mrs Scholes said WDH had given her three options after she asked about putting a fence up.

She said they told her she could either buy the land, lease the land or have the land included in a Grounds Maintenance Contract.

Steve Rawson, managing director for operations at WDH, said: “This is an unusual set of circumstances and we have looked at a number of options to try to reach a satisfactory solution.

“We will maintain the open grassed area once we have confirmation that Mrs Scholes will not be purchasing or leasing the land from us.”

 

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