Who does this extra wall belong to...?
That’s the question homeowner Garry Rudman has been asking for years.
Garry, who lives in a cottage in Station Road, Bamber Bridge, near Preston, has an additional wall joined to his house from a property which was demolished in the 70s.
The 32-year-old faces an uncertain future – because no one will take ownership of the unstable wall it.
The cabin crew worker has owned the house for seven years, but in recent years he has noticed problems with the house as the wall begins to move away. He is now in dispute with South Ribble Council over whose responsibility the wall is so it can be repaired.
He said: “The house was originally a terraced, however some years ago the council purchased the house next door and demolished it.
“As a result of this, the former interior wall of the now demolished house is attached to my home and is effectively my now outside wall.
“Unfortunately the council did not take down the property effectively or support the wall of my now semi-detached home, and the result is that this wall is now coming away from my home, causing damage from the elements. I am astonished that no one from South Ribble seems to be interested in even visiting my property.”
Coun Cliff Hughes, cabinet member with responsibility for planning at South Ribble Council, said: “Legal records show we inherited the land from the former Walton-le-Dale Urban District Council as part of the re-organisation of Local Government in 1974.
“However, we have no information about whether it had houses on it at that time or the date of their demolition, and so are unable to confirm whether the work was undertaken by South Ribble Council or our predecessor.
“The owner of the adjoining property has submitted a claim to the council for damage sustained to the flank wall to his house and we have now referred that to our insurers.”