Just, precisely, what can be done about about an abusive, unsiociable neighbour and her unruly son (circa 14 y.o.); They are, I am assured by the local Police (Ref. Sgt. Convery, Wellingborough Police Station in particular refers) '...neighbours from Hell!'. But, more particularly and immediate: Some years ago she planted a Russian Vine (I am no garden(ing) expert, but I believe it is also called something along the lines of 'A mile a minute' plant?) Both she (aged about 50) and I (and my wife - both in our mid 70s) own our respective ex Council Houses (mid terrace). To the rear are small gardens, fenced off at the bottom, and beyond which is a public footpath. Between our respective properties she has erected a solid, 6ft high wooden fence (no objection there!). However, against the fencing bordering upon the public footpath is planted said Russian Vine: Which, 1. has grown completely out of control and 2. is persistently encroaching over said high wooden fence into our rather small but neat and well tended garden, and 3. has now encroached over said public footpath.
For advice on how to deal with this problem I have, over several months, contacted 1. Wellingborough Council: "Private Property - nothing to do with us."! 2. Wellingborough Homes: This Company took over all (or ? most of) Wellingborough Council Housing some years ago, together with maintenance of garaging areas, other 'public' areas within the old Council Housing Estate, inc. public footpaths - or so I am led to believe! - "Private Property - nothing to do with us."! 3. Wellingborough Police. "What do you want us to do about it?"!
However, one thing I was told was that I was entitled to trim back the offending encroaching foliage and return same to her property. This I did - and the whole lot was thrown back at us, either directly back over the dividing fencing into our garden, and/or onto the public pathway as described above.
And (I do hope I am not boring you with this whole sorry and sad saga?): And what finally made me as mad as hell happened one day as I was trimming said offendig foliage whilst standing on said public footpath. I 'heard' a car pull into one of the parking spaces immediately adjacent to the public footpath. Out from the car (all I remember about the car was that it was bright red and 'sporty') leapt a woman who, having slammed the car door in somewhat temperamental fashion, yelled (screamed!) at me ... "About time too! You are a f****** disgrace letting that thing grow out over the path like that. You ought to be prosecuted! What about kids and other users of the path?" And with that she waltzed off to where ever she was visiting. I went indoors and told my good lady about the incident and we had a good laugh about it. (NB The Police also thought this was hilarious ..! Not very professional, but there you are ...) A few minutes later we both went out into the garden, but the woman and her car had driven away - and I have never seen her or her car since!)
This whole situation has now become completely out of control, and NOBODY (Police, Council, Wellingborough Homes) has done, or is willing to do, anything about it.
I know I have gone on a bit about this situation (!), but, highly amusing as it may at first appear, there is a very serious and rather menacing aura building - and I am more than just a little concerned that something dreadful - don't ask me what - is about to happen.
Please, PLEASE, give me some solid, sensible advice about just how I may go about resolving this matter ... and getting somebody, anybody to take responsibility for defusing this potentially dangerous situation.
To that end I have sought you (via 'the web'), as an independent source of advice, so that, should this situation escalate, NOBODY will be able to say that they were not aware of the situation ... and simply buried their heads in the sand.
Thank you for at least listening to this saga (horror story?). I look forward, hopefully, to receiving some sensible advice ... For which, by the way, I am perfectly willing to pay.
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Mr David M. Tipton
Before you ask, "Yes" I have approached the woman herself directly: For my trouble, just before having her front door slammed in my face, I was told to "f**k off."! The Police thought that was highly amusing ... I am no prude, but 'highly amusing' it was not!
As a 'by the by': All of the above was initiated after rather an odd incident