Growing concern as Swansea garden falls foul of planners
A GREEN-FINGERED mother and daughter have appealed to Swansea Council to let them keep a garden feature which has fallen foul of planning laws.
Beth Eakins moved into Glamor Road, Uplands, with her mother Linda in May.
The keen horticulturalists wanted to spruce up their front garden and erected a wooden pergola to grow plants and flowers up.
But last month the pair received a letter from Swansea Council stating they had to remove the "unauthorised structure" because of a lack of lack of planning permission.
The move has left them worrying what to do about the feature — and have now been given four weeks to take it down.
Miss Eakins, aged 37, said: "When we moved into the house, the people before us used to use the front garden for parking cars.
"The house faces a very busy highway so there was no privacy, and mum and I love our gardening.
"It doesn't stop any light coming into our front room at all.
"It was put up and then in September from the council saying we would have to remove the unauthorised structure.
"They said we can apply for retrospective planning permission but it would be considerably unlikely it would be approved.
"We are happy with it and even some neighbours have said that we have helped bring the neighbourhood back to life."
Miss Eakins added she believed an unhappy neighbour lodged the complaint with Swansea Council.
"It is crazy, a crazy situation," she added. "It is ridiculous.
"We are just trying to make the garden nice and do something with it.
"It's terrible and we don't know what to do now."
A Swansea Council spokesman said: "We have written to Miss Eakins on several occasions, providing her with advice and what her options are in relation to the structure in her front garden.
"We are now awaiting a reply."