Council orders fence removed

Barrier: Edensor Park's John Juweinat has less than 28 days to take down a fence he built on a vacant parcel of land next to his house. Picture: Simon Bennett

Barrier: Edensor Park's John Juweinat has less than 28 days to take down a fence he built on a vacant parcel of land next to his house. Picture: Simon Bennett

AN EDENSOR Park man who spent $6500 putting a steel sheet fence around a parcel of land next to his property is being forced to take it down.

John Juweinat told councillors at the most recent general council meeting that the council-owned land was being used by schoolchildren who walked through and threw litter over his fence.

"Schoolchildren on three occasions have thrown rocks into my back yard while my children were playing, and people walk their dogs through the land and I have to clean up the dog droppings they leave behind," he said.

"Somebody dumped bags of rubbish there twice and also a chopped down palm tree.

"Since the erection of the fence, I have not had anyone litter over the fence nor have there been any dog droppings."

A Fairfield Council spokeswoman said the land adjoining Mr Juweinat's property was owned by the council, and residents could not build structures on public land for private purposes.

The council has since issued a notice to remove the fence within 28 days.

"The land at this site is classified as a road reserve; in line with the council's road closure policy, the owner of the property in Kalang Road, Edensor Park, was previously advised of the process to apply to purchase this land," she said.

"The owner has subsequently built an unauthorised structure, against the council's direct advice."

The council said littering and antisocial behaviour were not considered "appropriate behaviour" by Fairfield Council.

"Issues such as rock throwing should be reported using the police assistance line — 131 444," the spokeswoman said.

Mr Juweinat was invited to contact the council to consider purchasing or licensing the vacant parcel of land.

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