Neighbours claim 'witch-hunt' from walkers after enclosing their gardens
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Two neighbours have expressed their "shock" at a right of way application two years after getting permission to enclose their gardens.
Landowners Sheila Endresz and Tony Travers applied to change the use of land at 6 and 7 Burdock Close in Downham Market from an open plan garden to enclosed residential garden land in 2019.
Dog walkers said they have used the land, which is privately owned by the landowners, for years.
The disputed ground, which leads onto London Road, lies to the south of the properties and is adjacent to the highway verge of the A1122.
But the Downham Market neighbours were left "shocked and overwhelmed" by a notice from Downham Market Town Council, two years after the appeal, that said the council had submitted an application to Norfolk County Council for the definitive map and statement for the area be modified by adding the footpath from London Road to Sovereign Way, Trafalgar Industrial Estate.
"We thought it had all settled down", said Mrs Endresz.
The 68-year-old, who moved into her property in February 2019 erected her fence in March the same year, which she said is in her right to do following a seven-year covenant.
Mr Travers, 79, who moved his fence back a few weeks after, said: "These protestors still cannot accept that legal bodies agree it's our land.
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"Why is it that they can walk all over Downham Market and surrounding areas but they want to walk through our back gardens?"
He said the ongoing situation is causing "stress and harassment" to himself and residents in neighbouring properties.
"There seems to be a witch-hunt for us", he added.
Mrs Endresz said they received "so much abuse" after erecting the fence with some people "threatening and throwing rubbish over the fence."
She said: "One borough councillor called us 'opportunist land grabbers', we did not steal any land, this is our garden.
"Land searches do not come up with anything about right of way and footpaths.
"It makes a mockery of the law. How can they keep on moaning about it?"
DMTC and NCC have been contacted for comment.