Neighbours’ fury as two trailers with rice advert blocks their view

EXCLUSIVE ‘It’s put me off ever eating rice again!’ Neighbours’ fury as lorry driver dumps two 15ft trailers emblazoned with Basmati rice advert in his back garden and blocks out their idyllic rural view

  • EXCLUSIVE: Trailers with huge adverts are ruining the view for Norfolk residents
  • Advertising Laila basmati rice, the two containers are parked in a garden in Guist
  • Villagers have complained their beautiful view of the countryside is now spoiled

By Nick Craven for MailOnline

Published: 13:28, 1 June 2022 | Updated: 13:59, 1 June 2022

Residents in a sleepy Norfolk village have been horrified by the sudden arrival of two huge articulated haulage containers in the back garden of a neighbour, almost completely blotting out their idyllic rural view.

The ‘monstrous’ wagons, nicknamed the ‘Laila Trailers’ after the brand of basmati rice emblazoned on their sides which they once contained, stand around 15ft tall and are more than 30ft long.

One neighbour said ‘Laila’, whose large face looms over her garden wall from all angles, emits a ‘ghostly glow at night’.

Truck driver Carl Lake, 45, who moved the containers into the back garden of his house in Guist, 20 miles from Norwich, on Monday, using a tractor, is said to have told neighbours he plans to link them with a roof and set up a hobby workshop.

Residents in the historic Norfolk village of Guist have been horrified by the sudden arrival of two huge articulated haulage containers – blotting out their idyllic rural view

Neighbours' fury as two trailers with rice advert blocks their view

The ‘monstrous’ wagons have been nicknamed the ‘Laila Trailers’ after the brand of basmati rice on their sides

‘Until yesterday we had a lovely view of fields and trees, but now all we can see is Laila and the rest of the trailer,’ said pensioner Sandra Ashmore, 74, whose 6ft high fence is dwarfed by the units.

‘We got no warning about this at all, just saw these great big monstrous boxes being towed into place yesterday afternoon.

‘A lady from the Parish Council has been down to have a look and she was as shocked as me. We’ve also been onto the planning authority, Breckland Council, but it appears they don’t count as permanent structures, so planning rules don’t apply.

‘Mr Lake came round to have a look. He was very polite, and agreed that they were an eyesore.

The only concession he’s made it that he’ll remove the wheels, which will lower the top by a few feet, but it will still be a good deal higher than the fence.’

Neighbours' fury as two trailers with rice advert blocks their view

Sandra Ashmore, 74, said the ‘great big monstrous boxes’ have ruined the view from her garden

Neighbours' fury as two trailers with rice advert blocks their view

Claire O’Brien, 54, said the sight of the trailers made her cry and joked that she may never eat rice again

Sandra’s partner Frederick Cosson, 85, suffers from terminal cancer and used to enjoy the view from the conservatory of their house in the quiet village with a 250 population.

‘Now, even if you crane your neck, the bright green trailer nearest our fence dominates everything,’ said Frederick.

Another resident, mother-of-three Claire O’Brien, 54, said the rear view of her bungalow was now completely obscured by the containers.

‘I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when they hove into view,’ she told MailOnline. ‘I was in tears to my sister yesterday, wondering what had happened to my lovely garden.

But I’m told noone has a right to a view.’

She said her complaints to Mr Lake had also brought him round to her garden to see for himself, but that he told her he would probably keep them there for a minimum of six years.

‘He’s going to remove the wheels and clad the structure, but we’re in a bit of a dip and we’ll never be able to see over Laila and her trailer,’ added Mrs O’Brien.

Neighbours' fury as two trailers with rice advert blocks their view

Truck driver Carl Lake, 45, who owns the trailer told one of his neighbours that he will remove the wheels to lower the height

‘Apparently he’s renovating a vintage tractor or something, but it seems very unfair that our homes should be blighted for his hobby.

‘Last night, I noticed Laila’s face had a ghostly glow from the moonlight or something – it was as if she was following me round the house, always able to peek over the wall.

‘In a very short time, I’ve gone right off the name Laila and told my children never to name a baby Laila, and I may never eat rice again

‘Of course, there’s a funny side to this if it’s not your garden, I can see that, but we’re converting the back of our house for my father, who’s got severe dementia, and all he’s going to be able to see now is this awful trailer.’

MailOnline approached Mr Lake who said he preferred not to comment and had put the matter in the hands of his solicitor.

He added: ‘I’m not looking to bend any rules – it is my house and my property.’ He said his plan was to build a hobby workshop though not for a vintage tractor, but declined to elaborate.

Although Guist was mentioned in the Domesday Book, much of the village was rebuilt in 1929 by local landowner and MP Thomas Cook, (grandson of the holiday company pioneer) whose family estate at Sennowe Park is nearby.

The new ‘model village’ included a village green, clock, post office, village hall and fire station.

Breckland Council and Guist Parish Council were contacted for comment.