A first class row has erupted after building work left a postbox bang in the middle of a home-owner’s driveway.

The man, who does not want to be named, spent thousands of pounds widening the drive and having a set of gates installed right next to the 100-year-old distinctive red mailbox.

But it now sits right in the middle of the driveway, sticking out like a sore thumb among brand new paving and making it barely accessible for any vehicles passing in and out of the property.

The bizarre setup alerted local councillors, who have since received complaints from residents about the work and are investigating whether it meets planning regulations – which needs to be done by the letter of the law.

The homeowner is trying to stamp his authority by applying to Royal Mail to get the postbox in Moseley, Birmingham relocated – report Birmingham Live .

Moseley councillor Kerry Jenkins said: "The residents of Moseley are passionate about their neighbourhood. They love the characteristics, the vibe and do not want to see it ruined.

"I’m aware that planning enforcement are dealing with the issue."

When asked about the unnamed man applying for the post box to be moved, she said she was aware and added: ‘I’m sure there’s a huge cost to that.’ 

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: "Alleged unauthorised works have recently been brought to our attention which are currently subject to an enforcement investigation.

"Discussions are taking place between council officers and the home owner in an attempt to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion."

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