Boomtown spat! Bob Geldof in row with his neighbour over a GARDEN GATE

August 1, 2013 | by | 0 Comments
Bob Geldof is locked in a dispute with his neighbour over a garden gate

Bob Geldof is locked in a dispute with his neighbour over a garden gate

Live Aid legend Sir Bob Geldof is showing little charity to a neighbour in a row over a garden gate.

Deborah Reynolds wants to reinstate an old opening in the wall of the former Boomtown Rat’s country estate in Kent.

She says the gate will give her better access to the garden of her Grade II-listed, end-terrace house which stands right next to Sir Bob’s land.

But the ex-pop star is opposing her planning application and says putting a gate in his wall poses a security risk.

In his letter of objection, Sir Bob, 61, writes: “The application is made with a view to opening a “gate” in the wall […] which encloses the Davington Priory grounds.

“This is in fact the boundary wall to my house and gardens.

“The Priory grounds abut directly hard up against Cottage No.8

“I oppose this application because permission will not be given to the applicant to undertake these changes to my property.

“In addition, I will not allow any right of way over my land between the gateway and the rear garden of 8 Davington Hill.

“Therefore the application is a specious waste of resources of the district authority and others.

“I further object on grounds of loss of amenity. To open a ‘gate’ at this point in the boundary wall of my property will be a tangible security risk to it.

“During the three decades I have occupied the house it was only by reluctantly creating a fenced boundary onto Dark Hill and by growing hedges […] that I have been able to finally stop repeated encroachments onto my grounds.”

Ms Reynolds, 43, wants to put the opening in an area where a gate previously existed before it was bricked over in the 1930s.

She said: “The land is not shared – it is my land.

“I am proposing to re-instate a side access gate adjacent to my property to enable myself to have side access.”

Ms Reynolds’ cottage was once part of the Davington Priory estate where Sir Bob has lived for 30 years.

Villagers said they supported their famous neighbour’s opposition to the gate.

Jaqueline Hitchcock, 86, said: “In the past people have jumped over the wall into Bob’s grounds.

“If there is a gate directly into his land then there certainly would be a security risk for him.

“There is no need to put the gate in. I cannot understand why there is a problem with access to the cottage.”

Retired publican Terence Boulton, 66, said “Bob isn’t usually up himself or anything like that.

“He’s very approachable and doesn’t act like a superstar. He talks to people and is often seen walking around the town.”

A decision on Ms Reynolds’ application is due to be announced on August 22.

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