Long running saga of neighbours dispute enters next chapter
Wednesday 28th June 2017 @ 21:00 by Nigel P.
Community Longdendale News


Rekha Patel at the cottage she formerly owned in Simmondley near Glossop



The ongoing story of Simmondley neighbours mired in conflict, originating from an argument over  damage to a party wall between two the cottages continues, seemingly without end.

The ‘neighbours’ saga has produced yet another chapter following a court’s most recent judgement.

The latest addition to the long running dispute was played out in the Chancery Division of the High Court at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre last Monday.
There presiding Judge Pelling QC, ordered Miss Rekha Patel, former owner of one of the two cottages, to pay outstanding debts of £90,000.
The debts were incurred in costs, resulting in a court case brought by Miss Patel’s next door neighbour, accusing her of damaging stones belonging to the neighbour’s house.
Miss Patel lost that case and paid £16,000 in damages and costs, but was then presented with further legal costs and interest on them that eventually amounted to £72,000
The judge ruled that as Miss Patel has shown no intention of paying her debts through other assets, the monies owing will be taken from the proceeds of the sale of Miss Patel’s cottage.
This is despite the fact that the cottage has been sold to a company for just two pounds before a previous hearing in January 2017.
It is understood that Miss Patel a mathematics teacher, rents the cottage for £50 a week from the company she sold it to.
Despite this Judge Pelling QC ruled that the cottage should be sold for no less than £225,000 on the open market over a period of three months. Furthermore it is understood the neighbour’s solicitors are to be appointed conduct of the sale.
It is also understood that Miss Patel will receive the balance of the house sale proceeds after the £90,000 debt have been paid.
Furthermore Miss Patel must deliver possession of the property by vacating it ready for sale.

It is understood that the current figure of £90,000 has resulted from further interest and court costs added to the original figure.

Miss Patel was originally evicted from the cottage in June 2016 by High Court bailiffs watched by over twenty police officers.
However, ever since the eviction, Miss Patel has questioned the legality of that action and six weeks later re-entered her property.
She has been living there ever since.
Miss Patel in relation to the current ruling said resolutely that she is staying put. Despite the ruling she said: “I am not going anywhere, as far as I understand it the court has no jurisdiction over the property, so far I have had nothing from the court.
I submitted a sworn affidavit with evidence to show that the previous orders were void.
In that affidavit there is evidence from the original official court record, that clearly states and shows on the court papers ‘no court costs’ for the original hearing in August 2013.
She continued: “ As far as the debt that has now grown to £90,000 is concerned I have never had any proof of costs from the complainant or her solicitors.
I also find it ridiculous that they can take any action against me when the property has been successfully conveyed and I am no longer the owner.”