Residents living on a Derbyshire housing estate feel the security fencing that separates their homes from a nearby park is so vital to the wellbeing of their area they will sue if plans to take it down go ahead.

People living on City Point Estate say that when they bought their properties from Barratt Homes they were assured that the security fencing, put up to prevent people causing trouble, would remain, the Derby Telegraph reports.

But plans are now afoot to remove the fencing, which is on Alvaston Park land, owned by Derby City Council.

Barratt intends to erect a new 1.8m fence along the estate, but this includes an entrance to the park.

Residents are concerned that crime would increase because of the entrance.

"Had I known that fence was going to be taken down, I probably wouldn't have brought my property," Kenny Mann, 26, told the newspaper.

"I will consider taking legal action if it goes."

This month, Telford residents called for security fencing to be put up at the back of their homes to stop people throwing rocks and missiles at them.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800423768-ADNFCR