Local council fights to keep ugly fence

Ugly Fence – Stamford Town Council has been forced into a fight to keep its own fence after erecting it without planning permission.

The fence, which cost £16,000 and was designed to combat antisocial behaviour in a cemetery, caused a raft of complaints from locals that said it made the area look prison-like. They also objected to the fence because it had not stopped the antisocial behaviour as people could jump over the wall at the front of the cemetery.

The council applied for planning permission after the event, but this has now been rejected, and it faces a costly and lengthy legal battle.

It highlights two issues. The first is the absolute need for planning permission for a permanent fence of a certain height, even for the local council. The second is that it is essential to choose a fence that does the job in a residential area without creating a major impact on the local community.

A variety of perimeter fencing systems are barely visible from a distance and yet offer the same security properties of the aggressive and imposing system that Stamford Council opted for.

The Optima fencing system comprises thin wires with a variable distance between them that offers the same level of security and defence against intrusion, perhaps more so when the v-shaped pressings are taken into account. Yet, it blends into the background much more effectively. Gemini, meanwhile, could have allowed the council to turn the fencing into a decorative feature with the name of the cemetery embedded in the wiring, which would have gone a long way to diffusing the complaints.

Stamford Council’s unpainted steel grey structure does have a visual impact on the area. In contrast, other open mesh systems can be swiftly installed and designed to blend into the surrounding area. Three-metre panels mean there are relatively few posts, too, which again reduces the impact.

Security fencing is simply essential in the modern age, but it is also important to blend in with the local environment. Stamford Council may learn an expensive lesson, so others do not have to.

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Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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