‘The Bible tells us to love our neighbours, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.’ ― G.K. Chesterton
Yesterday news was posted about the Aitchison’s Wellington waterfront-view woes. The Aitchison’s neighbour had constructed a 4 metre high fort on the border of his premises, obscuring the Aitchison’s view and cutting approximately $900,000 off the value of their property.
The structure was initially approved by the Wellington City Council, as it was listed as a fort rather than the view obstructing fence it ostensibly was. The exploitation of this technicality is all the more perplexing given that, in the words of Wellington’s deputy-mayor Justin Lester, the neighbours had ‘no apparent need for a fort.’
Fence-gate had a happy ending, as indignation gave way to relief for both the Aitchison’s, and the non-fence sitting public, when the unobstructed view of the Environment Court was that the Council erred in allowing the structure to be built. The Council have indicated they will implement the decision of the Court and order the fence be demolished.