First post here so forgive me if I ramble
I'm at a bit of an impasse with my neighbour over his beech hedge. The hedge was planted double width by the previous owners (approx. 10 years ago), right along the boundary line. This runs down from the side of his house to the pavement, our drive is on the other side. When we moved in (5 yrs ago), the hedge was 3ft high and could you see over and through it.
The problem that we have with the hedge is that his house is on the corner of a T-junction and the hedge obstucts our view of the main road traffic and cars coming round the corner, which makes getting off our drive 'interesting' at best. I have spoken to him previously asking whether he would trim the hedge, only to be told 'that he has no plans to cut the hedge, but if i tell him which bits need trimming he will do it!' Unfortunately, his idea of trimming tends to vary on which bit of the hedge he is doing - his side and the front is about 1ft lower than when it gets round to us - and he barely removes leaves from the front which is the bit that really matters to us
Can i trim the corner of the hedge to make visibility easier for us? the hedge extends about 6ins onto the pavement. I have recently cut back the side hedge (our side), but this only makes access easier up the drive, not the view down the road.
Any advice would be most welcome. We are not at war, but do worry about losing the back end of our car someday. His car/driveway is not a problem to him as the garage is round the corner at the back of the house and he uses the back entrance to the house, so having a solid 7-8ft hedge surround his house is obviously not a problem
otherwise it may have to come to all out war and forcing the idiot to sit in a car on your side and see the problem but sadly IMHE I hold out little hope of much changing
The law seems to be an ass on such things
You cannot install a fence higher than 1 metre which actually you cant generally see over in most cars but you can grow vegetation to any dizzy height and censored your neighbours safe exit onto the road
What is worse is its you that is wholly responsible should an accident occur
The council cannot do anything as it is private property. They were very understanding, but ultimately useless and said that unless the hedge was an obstruction, there hands were tied.
I am now toying with cutting/trimming back the front of the hedge where it is overgrowing the pavement. Does this mean that i am breaking any laws/ is the hedge still his?
Surely rules applied to fencing and the highway apply equally to hedges. Does it have to take an accident to force some kind of action.
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Our local authority won't do anything as the law covers those already on the highway not trying to get onto it (apparently).
The police are unable to help - although we have logged our concerns with them in case there is an accident.
We have spoken to our neighbours on numerous occasions and written to them formally but they just ignore us.
Not getting anywhere. Anyone solved a similar problem or can advise please?