Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby chloe83 » Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:40 am

We are in a financial position to redo our fencing to make our garden as cat proof as possible (to keep our cats in) and I am a bit confused as there are so many issues. The four neighbours are attached to garden are being most unhelpful but we can afford (and are expecting to) replace the fencing on all four boundaries.

At the bottom of the garden we have a part brick part fence arrangement which is about 4 ft. Two neighbours gardens finish here with half the side of my garden fence each. The two neighbours have over the recent years redone their fencing (never once spoke to us - I would have put half towards the work!) and put up 6 ft fencing along side the existing boundary which just looks awful. There are a lot of brambles which are getting stuck between the two fences. I have no idea if we can knock the brick/fence thing down or do we have to put our own 6ft fence up next to it like the neighbours have.

On the right side my neighbour is elderly and her 6ft fence is falling down in places at the bottom of the garden and really needs to be repaired or replaced. At the top there is a very low mesh wire fence and next to this there is a hedge which is 100% rooted in our garden. We will be needing to remove this hedge as the area is going to be paved - do we have any rights to remove this hedge? Her daughters got very aggressive when we first mentioned our plans even though they noisy complain when the need to trim their side of the hedge! The first thing our neighbour said to us when we moved in was get rid of the hedge and I will go halves of the fence. Unfortunately for both of us we had spent all our money on buying and getting basic furniture for our first house so it was not an option. Now her daughters just get aggressive and we never get to discussing replacing the actual fencing.

The left side is our boundary and is even more complicated. These neighbours do not speak to us. They have made is clear we have the wrong skin colour and they just completely ignore us. The bottom half of the garden is a well past its best 4ft fence which will be easy enough to replace. It is complicated because smack on the middle of the fence line is a well established tree (the existing fence goes up to the tree stops then continues on the other side of the tree). Now I would get rid of the tree (more money I know) but from the very brief discussions with next door, they want the tree to stay. Personally I would be happy moving the fence line forward into our garden so the tree can be fenced into their garden but I don't think I can do that! As the aim is to cat proof the garden having an easy to climb tree in the middle of the fencing is not the best way forward! The other problem is the boundary at the top of the garden on the left side. We originally had a 6ft fence here. During the last spring we went to work and on our return found the fence had been removed along with a large shrub (which housed an active blackbird nest which upset me the most) and a hydrangea. In its place was a still drying 4ft breeze block wall. Predictably next door would not speak to us and ignored a letter we sent them. Now we have the cash to put our fence back up again. Can we knock down this horrible wall or again have to put up a fence next to it as they built the wall?

It would be so much easier if the four other neighbours would talk and I just want decent fences around the garden!
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Re: Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby Collaborate » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:30 pm

By far the easiest thing to do all round (save for the side where the deeds say it's your fence) is to put up the fence of your choice abutting the existing boundary. Take photos before, during and after the works are done for future reference.

That will deal with the fences that are either jointly owned (in which case you can only replace like for like unless you have the consent of the other owner) and ensure that ownership of the new fences, by you, cannot be disputed in the future (I'd be tempted to paint something on the outward facing side to reinforce this).

For the side that you know to be yours, just replace it up to the tree. Don't cat-proof fences have a bit that comes out at the top at 90 degrees to the fence to prevent the cat scaling it? If you have that either side of the tree, surely you can carry that on (or something similar) around the tree?
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Re: Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby despair » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:46 pm

If you seriously think 6ft high fences will cat proof your garden you are as crazy as your neighbours

They should all jump at the chance of new fencing I sure would

I have for other reasons fenced my garden to 6ft6in all round but neighbours cats are in and out all the time
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Re: Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby mr sheen » Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:18 pm

You have the right to put up a new fence of your choice on your land and equally your neighbours can choose the boundary feature on their land and this includes a delapidated fence if that's what they want. They do not have to succumb to your wishes.

If you want a sparkly new fence on all sides, put it up all round but do not interfere with the fences etc of the neighbours....result...everyone is happy and neighbour relations are in tact.
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Re: Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby Clifford Pope » Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:15 pm

"If you seriously think 6ft high fences will cat proof your garden you are as crazy as your neighbours "

Very true. A cat can easily jump that from a standing start. One moment it can be ambling along looking innocent, and the next sitting on top of an eight foot wall grinning down at you. :)
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Re: Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby span » Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:28 pm

You can catproof a garden to prevent them escaping. Specialist companies sell the equipment. Makes your garden look like a pussy Stalag though.
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Re: Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby despair » Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:22 pm

Ha ha
i have seen the results of professional cat proofing
Cats had no problem scaling it and escaping
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Re: Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby span » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:53 pm

did you call back the company and have them remediate?
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Re: Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby despair » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:36 pm

Nothing to do with me and i do not have cats
i have just seen what was supposed to be a high grade professional installation fail
it needed a roof to keep the cats in
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Re: Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby COGGY » Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:56 pm

Cats are free spirits imo. Why would it be necessary to confine a cat into one garden? They Like to explore their surroundings. Coggy
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Re: Four boundaries, four problems with neighbours

Postby span » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:38 pm

Because that often involves crossing roads, and cats are entirely stupid when it comes to judging the closing speed of cars....
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