A row over a strip of land has broken out between residents of Fairhope Avenue in Bare and Network Rail.
Homeowners whose houses back onto the railway line say they have cleared weeds and maintained parts of the land which runs behind their houses.
Now, Network Rail has sent letters to homes from 18-68 Fairhope Avenue, saying any fencing or building on this land has to be put back to its original position so they can carry out drainage work.
A resident said: “They need to come and put proper fencing up, why after 16 years are they doing this now?
“ We have got it nice and tidy, no thanks to Network Rail, they should be paying us.
“We have kept it nice and clean and tidy and now they are penalising us for helping with their land. “
Another resident said: “They are frightening people with the letter, if they think there isn’t much concern they will do it, if there is a lot of fuss they won’t bother.”
Network Rail were not available for comment as we went to press.