I am reliably told that CGP has been reminded that " barbed wire fences at such close proximity to the Highway would be viewed by us as being in contravention of section 164 of The Highways Act 1980." KCC Highways has asked them to remove it 'as soon as possible to prevent further action from the authority".
In addition, an Inspector from Kent Highways noted that some of the posts are less than 500mm from the edge of the carriageway and as such are likely to have been erected on Highways land!
CGP has given assurances that Kent Highways comments will be acted on quickly and that presumably they will follow guidance from Kent Highways to " ensure that your new fence is a minimum of 1m from the edge of the carriageway to alleviate any doubt that the fence is erected on Highway's land."
Bertie is a simple sort of chap and wonders in view of this advice, why CGP does not simply accept that the fence already marking their land is about 1m away from the 'edge of the carriageway' and bin their ideas to re-fence their boundary along the B 2190 as they remove the stakes and barbed wire erected last Friday. Is it really worth all the expense it will cost to move the existing boundary fence forward a few millimetres? Perhaps that 'contractor' who hopefully has now received his cheque from the previous owners of the land, was an experienced 'fencer' after all and made sure that the existing fence was 1m away from the edge of the carriageway!
It seems to Bertie that 'common-sense' should prevail in fencing matters rather than 'PR Company' prepared statements to extract oneself from a self inflicted predicament!