Garden wall

Garden wall

Postby BadRobot » Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:37 pm

We live in a semi-detached house which we bought 3 years ago and are responsible for the fence between our garden and that of our adjoining neighbours. It's an odd jumble of brick built walls and trellises put up by the previous owner over some decades. At the very bottom of our garden next to the boundary is the remnant of a wall from an old greenhouse (brick wall with two large windows in danger of falling out) which stood on our property.

On the neighbour's side there is a gap between this wall and the side of a building they have put up at the bottom of their garden. They use this gap to store garden equipment and have put a bit of corrugated roofing on top, fastened to the wall which is at the bottom of our garden.

We are clearing our garden to have a garden studio installed, and will eventually be replacing the entire fence. I spoke to the neighbours a few days ago to explain what would be happening and that we were planning to take down this brick wall, both because the glass section is unsafe and because we plan to put up new fencing the entire length of the garden. They didn't object to this, but when the workmen showed up on Friday and asked them to move their garden tools so that the wall could be removed without damaging them, they insisted we couldn't take the wall down because they have added to it. There was a wooden shed on our side blocking most of the wall from view, but now that it's out of the way we can see that they've had breeze blocks added on top of the old section of wall, as well as behind it, to increase the height slightly and double the length. In total this wall is about 6 feet high and 15 feet wide and very badly constructed, with some of the breeze blocks sticking out at the bottom of the wall into our garden, and lots of cracks both in the new wall and where the new wall and old wall meet.

Initially after a tense discussion on Friday morning my husband agreed with the neighbour that we would remove the front section of the wall, including the old greenhouse and sheets of glass, and leave the rear section in place. But the more we've examined the wall the less happy we are with this. It's a real bodge job, they should never have built it in the first place, and if it falls over it could damage our garden studio, or their outbuilding, or both.

Are we within our rights to just notify them that we are planning to take the wall down and they need to move their garden tools to avoid any damage?
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Re: Garden wall

Postby BadRobot » Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:10 pm

I managed to speak to the neighbour today, who has convinced her husband to let us remove the wall. She was very willing to help but he was the one who was reluctant. Thankfully the situation now seems to be resolved.
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Re: Garden wall

Postby despair » Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:38 pm

do be very sure that the neighbours fully understand its your fence and they cannot
touch it
paint or stain it
pile or lean anything against it
grow climbers up it
attach anything to it
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