Retired plumber Gary Flowers has ended his bizarre two-year protest over his neighbour’s “eyesore” fence.
He claimed the council had dragged its heels over dealing with it.
Gary put up signs and posters in his front garden and house windows and created displays with gnomes, soft toys, garden ornaments and flashing lights.
At times Gary changed the display every day and he also posted videos on YouTube, hired his own planning consultant and hand-delivered 7,000 letters to homes and businesses across Kirklees.
In all he reckons he’s spent at least £2,500.
Neighbour Biny Hyder was refused planning permission and lost an appeal and was ordered to reduce the height of his fence and gate.
On Thursday morning the fence was brought down and Gary set about dismantling his displays.
“I am glad it’s all over but it’s upsetting that it had to get to this stage,” said Gary.
“My protest served its purpose and I have no regrets about doing it. It was a public issue and nothing personal. It’s a shame it happened but the council should have acted quicker.”
Mr Hyder put up the fence around his end terraced house without planning permission in June, 2013.
Gary complained to the council saying the fence was too high and posed a road safety danger on the busy main road.
Planning policy says that a fence next to a highway must have planning permission if it is over one metre (3ft 3in) in height.
Mr Hyder submitted a retrospective planning application but the council took eight months to make the decision to reject it.
Mr Hyder appealed but a Government inspector backed the council saying it was “out of keeping” with the area and he was told the fence had to come down.
Gary said: “If the fence had been allowed to stay it would have set a precedent. The council tried to grind me down but this is a good result for the public.”
Mr Hyder declined to comment.