I have good news.
Under the Access to Neighbouring Land Act they have no option but
to allow this access for any work required to "preserve" (maintain) your
property. If they will not allow the access, then get a solicitor to write
giving them 14 days to grant consent failing which you will apply to court for
an injunction and you will ask the court to award costs against them, the
injunction to compel them to give you access for a reasonable period of time. I
wouldn't be hanging around, on the 15th day, apply for the
injunction and costs.
You will have to put back/repair any damage which is caused by the
scaffolding or the repairs, but that, I am sure you agree, is not unreasonable.
If you think that the laurel bush is causing a problem with the roots,
then you can get a specialist report from a tree expert and ask for an
injunction to get them to remove the Bush.
If the neighbour will not agree even so, it is going to hit them
heavily in the pocket because they are going to have to agree because the court
will make them.
Hopefully, the neighbour will take legal advice and it will avoid
the need to go to court because if the neighbour were asking the question I
would say that the neighbour has no option but to allow you access.
You would have to prove that the is no way of scaffolding around
the bush before you could have it trimmed. If it had to be removed because the
job was impossible without, and provided it was not damaging the foundations of
the house, you would have to replace it afterwards
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