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Hampstead village neighbours end up in High Court over boundary fence dispute

PUBLISHED: 13:26 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:31 02 November 2017

Samantha Wright's neighbour built a fence before settling a boundary dispute in a shared courtyard at their Hampstead village homes. Picture: ANTONIA MOORE

Samantha Wright's neighbour built a fence before settling a boundary dispute in a shared courtyard at their Hampstead village homes. Picture: ANTONIA MOORE

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Neighbours in a quiet enclave in Hampstead village ended up in the High Court over a longrunning dispute about a shared courtyard which saw police called to their Georgian terrace.

How the courtyard looked before the fence was raised. Miss Wright was forced to take her neighbours to the High Court to seek damages after they put up a seven foot high fence along a disputed boundary. Picture: SAMANTHA WRIGHT How the courtyard looked before the fence was raised. Miss Wright was forced to take her neighbours to the High Court to seek damages after they put up a seven foot high fence along a disputed boundary. Picture: SAMANTHA WRIGHT

Now chartered surveyor Anthony Meaden has been ordered to pay his next door neighbour Samantha Wright more than £3,000 in damages and costs following the dispute during which he falsely accused her of having a criminal record, behaving irrationally and “not holding down a day-time working position.”

The row over boundaries erupted after Mr Meaden decided to partition a courtyard they shared at their homes in Mount Square with a wooden fence.

On June 13 2016 Mr Meaden notified Miss Wright he planned to put a fence and trellis along the boundary line.

But Miss Wright called for a surveyor to establish the correct lines of an area which had been shared “amicably” with her last neighbour.

Miss Wright said: “When they wrote to me about building a fence I was shocked. They thought they could get away with it.”

In a reply four days later Mr Meaden claimed “the exact line” was shown on his title plan and said he would mark the boundary but Miss Wright countered with a title plan from 1958 showing a different boundary.

However the Meadens put up the fence anyway and Miss Wright, 49, said she was forced to take matters into her own hands tearing down the seven-foot high fence on three occasions prompting the couple to call out the police accusing their neighbour of criminal damage.

Eventually Miss Wright took the couple to the High Court where, in documents shown to the Ham&High, the Meadens described Miss Wright as “an oddity” and said: “given the nature of her appearance, we do not believe she holds a day-time working position.”

The single mum – who runs a stall in Inverness Street Market in Camden selling vintage clothing – submitted evidence showing she was forced to seek medical treatment for stress.

Mr Meaden and wife Anri, a consultant for Deutsche Bank, argued they put up the partition to “contain” their kids, pets and property and filed a counter-claim of £4,960.

But the judge found in Miss Wright’s favour awarding her £2,780 in damages, £520 in costs and £28 in expenses.

The Meadens did not respond to our requests for a comment.

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