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Neighbours' feud over driveway wall

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

  • CONCERNED: Shirley Jepson and her brother Mick Suffolk.

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A FEUD has erupted in Polperro over a ramp to provide two disabled people access to their home.

Shirley Jepson has been left furious after her neighbour built a concrete wall in the middle of their shared drive, preventing her from being able to get her disabled brother and husband in and out of her car.

"I just don't know what to do," Mrs Jepson said.

The dispute began after a ramp was installed at the front of her bungalow to enable wheelchair access to her home.

"When I offered him a palm tree that had to be moved when the ramp was installed he said he was objecting to the plans," Mrs Jepson explained.

"He told me that if it gets passed he would put a wall up," she added.

During the four years they have lived next door to one another, Mrs Jepson said the two households have got on well.

Last week, Mrs Jepson's neighbour Roger Jones started to build a wall on his section of the shared drive.

"I don't know why he has done it. He knows my situation," Mrs Jepson said.

"We have never taken advantage of his side of the drive," she added.

The great grandmother cares for her brother, Mick Suffolk, who suffers from motor neurone disease, as well as her husband who has severe prostatitis.

Mr Suffolk came to live with his sister after his wife died. If he hadn't moved down to Cornwall he would have had to go into a hospice, the family explained.

"Shirley had a bungalow and it made sense for me to come and live down here," the 61-year-old added.

Mr Suffolk said that his condition will deteriorate and he will be dependent on a wheelchair in the future.

The ramp was installed so that Mr Suffolk will be able to get in and out of the bungalow when he is required to use a wheelchair.

"It can happen very suddenly," Mr Suffolk said. "At the moment I can walk but that could change quickly."

Although Mrs Jepson can still park her car on her side of the drive, she is unable to take the wheelchair to the car and help her brother or husband in and out of the vehicle.

She is now considering taking legal action against Mr Jones.

"We have got to do something. If we can't get in and out of the car we are all housebound."

When the Cornish Guardian attempted to speak to Mr Jones, he disputed that Mr Jepson and Mr Suffolk need to use wheelchairs and claims that he has built the wall on his land. He refused to discuss the matter further.

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