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47 years ago today one of my sons was born at City Hospital...........he was the first i actually saw....did'nt mean to,,it wasn't almost compulsory back then,,,...........I took the wife to Hospital about 1pm,,and went to leave when one of the Nurses said '''where are  you going?'''

        To play football ''  i replied,,,told her ive got all the Kit,,even got the Ball'''............Got back to hospital about 5.30 and ,,,,walked in on the birth,,,

the game was in Basford,,,result Park Tavern United 2, Calverton colliery 2,,(Think it was Calverton) twas a good game and i scored,,,

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Thanks Cliff ton,,,back then it wasn't normal to be at the Birth............anyway i attended several after.......with the  aid of 'Gas and Air''.......

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Yesterday the temperature was 99F. First time it's been less than 100 in ages. Last Friday was day 50 of 110+ deg days, hottest 118. This would have to be the hottest summer, while we are stuck here.

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Beautiful day here in the Grand Duchy...

Cloud building but less than yesterday and less wind.

Perfect for lazy lounging....

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1 hour ago, benjamin1945 said:

Thanks Cliff ton,,,back then it wasn't normal to be at the Birth............anyway i attended several after.......with the  aid of 'Gas and Air''.......

I wasn't there for either of mine.  First one in Bulwell, second in Toronto.  I figured I'd be more of a hindrance than a help.  I think the Mrs. did too.  I was at work both times.  Saw 'em later in the day.

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53 minutes ago, katyjay said:

Yesterday the temperature was 99F. First time it's been less than 100 in ages. Last Friday was day 50 of 110+ deg days, hottest 118. This would have to be the hottest summer, while we are stuck here.

 

So Kath you got your woolly undies out with that low temperature? Thank goodness ours has gone down . I love the hot weather it's the humidity I can't stand. Is it humid where you are?

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Most of the year there is no humidity, but July and August is monsoon season and even though we have had little rain ( first rain since March, 2 days ago and it was wimpy) the humidity is up. Nothing like back east where the temps and humidity are about the same!  Roll on Fall.

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We've been having very strange weather here - storms with some of the most spectacular lightning I've ever seen (previously, Venice held the lightning record for me) then hail with golf ball size pieces, then heat and heat and heat (I have no problems with that per se but the humidity was almost unbearable). Back to being what it should be now - balmy with gentle breezes, remnants of violent winds originating in Africa.

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Talking of strange weather, me & Mrs C are off to Skeg for a week this Friday so the weather will improve !

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Hacked off....

 

More than 20 years ago I had a small entrance porch built onto the side of my house at the front. Since there's a fall of a foot or so down to the next property, this also necessitated a low retaining wall between me and next door.. out to the street boundary. That wall is only a brick or so above garden level on my side and is a max of about 18" on neighbour's side. Thing is, due to severe funding issues it was not finished at the time. It serves to retain the ground.. but that's all.

So... for 20 or probably more years there has been this unfinished wall...

Cut to neighbour. Although I get on generally very well with him and all others in our little 'close'.. this wall became an issue for him. He was at me constantly to get it finished.. though frankly it wasn't a priority for me in terms of spending.
Thing is.. he has a 'thing' about covering all fences and walls in his property with greenery. Heaven forfend that he should see so much as an exposed brick.. or bit of fence... (On which more later..)

Also.. the more he 'mithered'.. the more I dug my heels in and especially when he started telling me how HE would like to see the wall finished and even started proposing the sort of 'coping' or 'capping' he'd like to see.

One day.. in frustration I was forced to point out to him in no uncertain terms that it is MY wall! I also pointed out that there was nothing preventing him from growing whatever he liked ON HIS SIDE so that he didn't have to look at the offending structure..

Several years ago... he changed tack and said he was going to put a low trellis along the wall on his side and grow some shrubs. I didn't object.. but told him that a brickie would need access to the outside of the wall when it was being completed.. so as to finish the mortar properly and that this might require cutting back of his shrubs. "Oh.. of course.." He replied". Meanwhile.. he has always asked permission to come onto my front lawn to trim 'the hedge'. (Note.. it is not 'his' hedge.. it is now 'the' hedge...) I never refuse.. but note that he cuts back to his low trellisses.. but allowes the rest of his shrubs to overhang my side. I really don't mind that too much.. but he's given me 'ammo'.

Meanwhile... he started training a Cotoneaster up the side of my porch. Up MY brickwork... I complained to him that it drops berries onto my side which get trampled into my house... but he's deaf to that and even denies it. He hasn't fixed anything to my porch wall.. but I'm getting increasingly pissed off about that too. He can barely get past the bloody thing to get up the side of his own house and I have no idea what the roots are doing to MY foundations. When I queried why he was growing it his answer was that it "Has always been there".. which is bollocks. He either planted it. or more likely encouraged a 'bird sown' seedling.

So.. today I commenced negotiations with a brickie working next but one.. to get the wall finished.
Thinking neighbour would be pleased... I informed him of the impending works and pointed out that the Brickie would need access..
His first reaction. "I don't want anything killed!"
I told him nothing would be... but things would need cutting back. as we agreed.. I mean.. FFS.. we are talking a few common shrubs.. any or all of which could (though I'm not proposing this... yet..) be cut down to ground level and bounce back within a season.

"My trellis will have to be prised off the wall!"

When I enquired as to why..he explained that he'd plugged and screwed the damned stuff to MY wall!! At this point I walked away.. to avoid really losing it. I'd assumed he'd just 'planted' the trellis close to MY wall.

Summarising..

I accept he had a point about the unfinished wall.. but he had easy solutions within his grasp. Instead.. after quietly and persistently trying to get his own way..(as I've increasingly realised he does over everything).. he came up with his 'trellis' wheeze. Now I'm ready to finish the wall.. he wants to dictate how that's done too. I've been bloody seething all day..

So.. I have resolved to speak to him again tomorrow and present him with two options. 1. We sort this out amicably and he agrees to give some slack in the short term.. Or 2.. we resolve it via litigation...
I'm not fussed eitherway now as I've bent over backwards to be accommodating on this and other issues with him and have reached the end of my rope.

So.. does anyone have a view on my legal rights to demand 'Brickie Access' to MY wall? Does this come under the same statutes as 'party walls'?

Photo of current situation here. My house on left.

 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SMWyE5xCNGUeMYav7

 


 

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Just found this....

 

 

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Boundary wall. 

Slightly confusingly, the Act refers to a '...boundary wall, being a party fence wall...'. Technically, under the Act, a party fence wall can also be a boundary wall by the fact it sits on the boundary.  
 
In reality, a boundary wall can also sit on just one owner's land and define the boundary line. 
 
Where the wall is completely on your land, the outer face of the wall that faces the adjoining owner usually marks the boundary line. In these circumstances you are at liberty to do what you want as this is your wall and your neighbour has no right to touch it, not even to knock a nail in.  

 

 
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I would suggest very strongly that you sort this out between yourself. If you start legal action then even minor disputes like this can get very and I mean very costly. DO NOT GO DOWN THAT PATH. As far as I am aware you are entitled to trim away any growth from adjoining land that overhangs your land. Check on this and use it as a threat to get some compromise. Surely 2 adults can sort out this nonsense.

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My understanding is that you are entitled to cut/ lop any overhanging growth from your neighbours garden, ie  trees, shrubs etc. But you must offer the cuttings back to your neighbour.

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On a lighter note. 'How is my day'. Well, today the pair of us are celebrating our Emerald wedding anniversary, 55years, and we're bloody stuck in, self isolating. Can somebody nip round and throw a brick through the vicars window.:bighug:

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I hope you’ll both enjoy your anniversary today.  I didn’t know that Emerald was for 55 years.   Our Emerald will be next year and coincidentally, my engagement ring is an emerald as well.   

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Congratulations, Mr and Mrs Beekay! My father used to say that about the brick and the vicar's window! You were both married in the same church! May even have been the same vicar. If so, he's in the Isle of Wight now, which is where he came from.

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2 hours ago, letsavagoo said:

I would suggest very strongly that you sort this out between yourself. If you start legal action then even minor disputes like this can get very and I mean very costly. DO NOT GO DOWN THAT PATH. As far as I am aware you are entitled to trim away any growth from adjoining land that overhangs your land. Check on this and use it as a threat to get some compromise. Surely 2 adults can sort out this nonsense.

 

Yes of course.. I have no real intention of getting into litigation.. but the hint might jog him along.

 

 

2 hours ago, philmayfield said:

Two sure ways of losing money.

Going to court and losing

Going to court and winning!

 

See above.

 

 

1 hour ago, Beekay said:

My understanding is that you are entitled to cut/ lop any overhanging growth from your neighbours garden, ie  trees, shrubs etc. But you must offer the cuttings back to your neighbour.

 

That's true.. but it doesn't solve the other issues like him screwing things to MY wall.  Also.. I've discovered since yesterday that the Cotoneaster he insists on growing up MY porch is quite possibly illegal.. as they are classed as  invasive under the same legislation which covers Japanese Knotweed etc. 

 

I think there's probably enough there to scare him into getting rid..whether or not it is officially an invasive species. If nothing else..he is very much a self-styled 'pillar of the community' and likes to be seen to 'do the right thing' . almost to the extent of tedium. There are similarities to 'Martin Bryce' in 'Ever Decreasing Circles'..and his wife is also called Anne... Best of all... the low hedge he created is of very similar stuff....possibly identical.. which he admitted to me yesterday he'd grown from lots of little cuttings.

'Hoist wth his own petard'.. methinks. ..  ;)

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Beekay.. Congrats on the Emerald Anniversary!

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10 hours ago, DJ360 said:

1. We sort this out amicably and he agrees to give some slack in the short term.. Or 2.. we resolve it via litigation...

 

Avoid litigation! The courts have seen some long, long  border disputes and the only winners are  lawyers.

 

I have in the past had similar disputes with my own and the rental properties, one lady even went 'legal' over three wooden panels. She must have spent a fortune on solicitors letters and stiil had to pay for the fence. She never speaks now when we see each other...

 

Look to your deeds for boundaries, party walls, access for maintenance and ownership etc. these are often defined there.

 

Be positive,  state what's going to happen and leave it with him. Give him enough notice to do something with his plants but apart from that the time for negotiations has gone.

With the forgoing proviso  just get on with it, remove the offending fastners and push the plants back far enough for the bricklayer - what's he going to do?

 

It is very easy for me to say damn him get on with it but at the end of the day you are the one who has to live next door.

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It’s not uncommon to find access to a neighbouring property for maintenance on a property deed. You would be perfectly within your rights to remove anything your neighbour has attached to your wall.

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How about taking the wall down to your ground level and replacing it with a post and panel fence?

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