Public bench overlooking my garden

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poorlittlefish
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Public bench overlooking my garden

Post by poorlittlefish » Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:27 pm

There is a bench sited on what I believe to be council-owned land adjacent to my house that's used by dog walkers. I have lived there for 6 years but have never noticed it until last weekend when I was in my back garden, so I believe it must be a new addition (although I've not been into my garden over the winter, so it might have been there since last autumn).

The bench in question has been positioned so that it doesn't look over the beautiful view of the mountain that's there; instead it's facing directly over my back garden. To me this represents a gross invasion of privacy and means that I have had people sitting watching me as I do my gardening both last weekend and today. I live alone and it makes me feel very uncomfortable to be watched. I was not consulted over the siting of the bench and I see no reason why it should be facing my garden instead of the countryside, so am I within my rights to ask that it be moved?

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Re: Public bench overlooking my garden

Post by span » Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:36 pm

poorlittlefish wrote:There is a bench sited on what I believe to be council-owned land adjacent to my house that's used by dog walkers. I have lived there for 6 years but have never noticed it until last weekend when I was in my back garden, so I believe it must be a new addition (although I've not been into my garden over the winter, so it might have been there since last autumn).

The bench in question has been positioned so that it doesn't look over the beautiful view of the mountain that's there; instead it's facing directly over my back garden. To me this represents a gross invasion of privacy and means that I have had people sitting watching me as I do my gardening both last weekend and today. I live alone and it makes me feel very uncomfortable to be watched. I was not consulted over the siting of the bench and I see no reason why it should be facing my garden instead of the countryside, so am I within my rights to ask that it be moved?
Ask of the council? Of course you are within your rights to ask the council. It's a very small and harmless thing to ask, why shouldn't you be able to ask.

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Re: Public bench overlooking my garden

Post by SJC14 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:07 pm

Is it fixed to the ground? If not just go round and move it away from facing your property. If it is fixed I would email your local Councillor and the local community council to have it changed direction.

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Re: Public bench overlooking my garden

Post by Collaborate » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:45 am

You could always stand completely starkers in your window, staring at whoever is sitting on the bench. I reckon someone would be out to move it pretty quickly.

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