High Court garage shock

A BURNHAM homeowner has been told he can no longer park in his own garage. Howard Jones, of Oxford Street, is facing thousands of pounds in legal bills after a High Court judge rejected his claims that he has the right to drive his car over a small area

A BURNHAM homeowner has been told he can no longer park in his own garage. Howard Jones, of Oxford Street, is facing thousands of pounds in legal bills after a High Court judge rejected his claims that he has the right to drive his car over a small area of hardstanding belonging to his neighbour Chris Scott. The disputed land measures 5.28metres by 2.16metres and lies to the rear of Ms Scott's property, almost opposite Mr Jones' garage. The judge said Mr Jones had failed to prove he had a right of way over the land and ordered him to pay the legal costs of the two-day High Court hearing. Mr Justice Silber described Mr Jones as an 'honest witness' and cleared him of accusations that he sawed through a post and flung away chains put up by his neighbour and dismissed Ms Scott's claim for damages. He added: "I have no reason to doubt Mr Jones' evidence, even though he did have an incentive for the posts to be removed."A number of witnesses were called during the case, including a number of neighbours in the area. Mr Jones' legal costs bill is yet to be calculated, but it is expected to run into thousands.