burning hedge

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burning hedge

Post by d.dixon » Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:16 am

My neighbours are once again building their rather substancial annual garden fire, between use and it is a 3ft boundy wall and a hedge on my land that i planted 4 years ago. unfortunatly due to history we no longer get on and once again intentionally or not they due to the fires proximity are going to damage a good 10-15ft section. Will this be seen as criminal damage if get the police involved or would they turn a blind eye?

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Post by despair » Fri Mar 25, 2005 12:53 pm

If they burn your hedge then YES its criminal damage and yes the Police should act

The neighbours know they should not do it

yet they have deliberately sited a bonfire next to a hedge
clearly they either have sawdust for brains or they are cruising for a bruising

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burning hedge

Post by Vic » Fri Mar 25, 2005 11:36 pm

Yes it IS criminal damage if your neighbour sets fire to your hedge. If the police don't want to know, try your local MP and ask why the police don't take any action. A buzz phrase is "anti-social behaviour". Sure the police aren't going to give your neighbour an ASBO for this, but it is pretty anti-social.

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Post by Alan Harris » Sat Apr 02, 2005 11:58 pm

Dear Mr Dixon

I understand your concern but hedges are very durable and a fire has to be very close , hot and persistent to do permanent damage. If he does this once a year you ought to be devoid of a hedge by now if it were that dangerous. Once a year is not exactly frequent and probably comes within the list of things one should be allowed in ones own garden.

I suspect that your complaint is partly driven by the overall falling out between neighbours. I am sure that if the hedge damage is not sufficient to carry through year to year the police are not going to classify it as nuisance or anti social behaviour.

By the way his annual bonfire is older than your hedge seems to me you are trying to impose your restraint on him and then seeking sympathy and support.


Alan Harris
Alan is a consulting engineer specialising in subsidence, tree roots, soils and party wall surveying.

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