Stephen and Christine Williams, from Alnwick in Northumberland, became so fed-up with the snaking queues outside the neighboring chip shop they surrounded their home with a 4ft-high fence
A couple’s decision to build a 4ft-high fence to block off queues of customers outside the neighboring chip shop lost them an enormous £105,000 from the home’s final sale price.
Stephen and Christine Williams got fed-up of customers of the neighboring chippy waiting outside their home in Alnwick, Northumberland every evening.
They put up a fence that extended onto the pavement into the layby to get some privacy and to prevent people using their window chair as a bench.
The bizarre dispute, branded ‘Fence-gate’ by locals, went viral around the world last September.
But as the row intensified, Stephen, 58, claimed an outraged man aimed an airgun at Christine before firing.
The couple, who used to run a sweet shop from the property, were so spooked they removed the fence a week later.
They are now selling the three-bed semi-detached house for £195,000.
Land Registry records show the house was bought for £300,000 in 2006 – a whopping £105,000 more than the current asking price.
Christine, 51, who works in a nursing home, said relations with her neighbors had “gone sour” since the fence row.
She said: “We were going to sell the house beforehand but what’s gone on has soured it a bit.
“We were going to sell the house but it brought it all forward.
“We took the fence down 24th September, it was up for a week.
“We just want to move on with it.
“I got trolled on Facebook. Some of the comments we saw were awful.”
Recalling the moment a yob fired an air rifle at Christine, she said: “To think the guy who shot at me got away with that. I said to my husband ‘that guys got a gun’
“The minute he aimed at me, Stephen dragged me inside.”
Stephen added: “We’ve had people eating their chips on our windowsill and looking through the window while we are trying to relax. It’s not on.
“Most people wouldn’t want people using their land as a footpath and neither do we. We just wanted to protect our property.”
The couple ran a sweet shop up until 2019, but closed and converted it into a living room.
Estate agent Pattinson, who is selling the house, says the property has “so many potential options.”
In the particulars, they say: “Perhaps it will become a beautiful and substantial family home, maybe with a separate granny annex, or split into two separate dwellings.
“Maybe the former shop could once again be put back into service, and what could be done with the garage…? The mind boggles.”
Mr and Mrs Williams are hoping to move 11 miles away to the idyllic village of Rothbury, where notorious killer Raoul Moat shot himself after being cornered by cops.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.