Man blocks pavement with fence to stop chippy customers staring into living room
A chippy and some evening entertainment, courtesy of Mr Williams' window
A frustrated homeowner has put up a fence in front of his house to prevent people from sitting on his windowsill while eating fish and chips bought from the chippy next door.
Northumberland resident Stephen Williams, 45, erected a 4ft-high picket fence in a bid to protect his living room window from the prying eyes of hungry fish and chip shop customers.
Mr Williams used to own a chippy next door/Via SWNSBut the customers have not taken kindly to the move and are allegedly angry that they now have to walk on the road to get their chippy dinner.
"The chip shop has been there for years. Whoever bought the house next door must have known that. Sticking a fence up is very petty," said one hangry potential customer.
"He didn't mind people walking on the path when they were coming into his shop and lining his pockets. Now all of a sudden he wants privacy. It's unbelievable."
The fence extends 2ft into a lay-by that customers use to park their cars before picking up their food - which has not earned him the adoration of his neighbours.
But not all of the residents are angry with Williams, with one saying: "Stephen is sick and tired of people eating their chips right outside his home.
"Sometimes school kids queue outside and can go right outside his living room window.
"They are basically sitting on his windowsill stuffing their faces while he's watching TV. I don't agree with the fence but I have some sympathy with him."
Besides disgruntled neighbours, Northumberland County Council is now investigating whether the fence breaks zoning laws.
Cllr Gordon Castle said: "He claims to have deeds showing ownership of where his fence now sits.
"I can hardly believe he has gone ahead with this before any resolution with county highways."
Williams has said that people stare through their windows while eating their fish and chips.
"We just want some privacy. The land is rightfully ours," he said.
"Most people wouldn't want people using their land as a footpath and neither do we. We just want to protect our property."
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