Back in January, long before lockdown started, I found a man in my garden from Calor Gas who provide our heating from a large tank at the side of our house. A huge tanker comes every 8 weeks and tops it up so that we never run out. The tank has been hidden behind a 7ft Leylandii hedge for over 30 yrs and it seemed as though everyone was happy.
How wromg could I be!
The little man, and he was a lot smaller than me, told me that the tank was old and had to be replaced, fair enough, but it couldn’t stay where it was as it didn’t comply with building regs, health and safety etc.etc. these days, it had to have more room around it. He was adamant that the hedge would have to go as there needed to be more space all round it.
He decided they would move the tank to the middle of the flower bed by the drive, my bee and butterfly border, no I said , they couldn’t move it to there. Ok then, they would move it to the middle of the rose garden between the house and the garage. By this time I was getting rather fed up! I explained that I didn’t think it was a thing of beauty, a sculpture for my friends and family to admire and that it had to be hidden. He took no notice of me and said that they would be in touch.
Thank goodness Lockdown came next before they got back in touch with me. In the meantime my son in law, a building surveyor, put me in touch with Flo Gas who sent a lovely young man to come and see me.
To cut a very long story short, this young man had a look at the old tank, its position and said that as my end wall of the house doesn’t have any windows in it, it is a fire wall, so the tank could stay where it is. He explained why the hedge would have to be cut down, so the tanker driver can see both ends of the pipe and check that no gas is escaping.We left it that I would get in touch with Flo Gas if Calor Gas didn’t agree to the tank staying where it was.
Calor Gas wrote to me a couple of weeks ago demanding that the hedge be cut down asap.which they will now find that I have done as I had to complete a form saying that I had done so. Not me personally, but a farmer friend came a couple of weeks ago when I told him I was in need of a man with a chain saw! I am now waiting for it all to be taken away as it fills nearly half the driveway! The other day I found a female person looking round where the gas tank is, but by the time I had got out of my house, she had disappeared, down the drive and the road. Was she from Calor Gas checking that I had done the work that I said I had done? I do hate the way they think they can just walk anywhere in my garden without asking permission!
I will now wait and see what happens next, watch this space!