A LAUNCESTON alderman told the council yesterday he was "shattered" that a fight over a Trevallyn ratepayer's fence looked like becoming a Supreme Court matter after seven years.
Alderman Robin McKendrick said he understood the council's decision to follow legal advice and enforce the removal of a section of fence off South Esk Road that had been ruled illegal because it had been built across public land instead of down Christine Smart's true boundary.
"But it's been there for years and nobody has worried about the damned thing," Alderman McKendrick said.
"The walkway [on the public side of the fence] has been there for years and it's never caused an issue.
"The council caused people an issue because some bureaucrat said that we should make boundaries accurate.
"There are dozens and dozens of these situations in the city of Launceston that have never been changed - the bureaucrats went berserk and caused this problem.
"Now the Smarts will probably have to take it to court."
Launceston council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said the council had not deepened the problem.
"Other residents who had an interest in the matter appealed the decision of council to close part of the walkway and they were successful," Mr Dobrzynski said.
"It was other parties that took the matter to this stage."
Mrs Smart and her husband, Rod, have been fighting for a number of years the decision that will see them forced to remove a boundary fence that was constructed more than 20 years ago, long before they bought the South Esk Road house.
They will have to reconstruct it about a metre back to make the public walkway on the other side of the fence the legally required width.
Aldermen agreed at yesterday's meeting to authorise Mr Dobrzynski to take the necessary action to enforce compliance of the decision regarding the fence.
The council agreed that Mr and Mrs Smart should be given two months to start court proceedings to set aside the decision or to remove the fence and other material from the walkway.