I am a solicitor with over 15 years experience. I will try to help you with this.
Am I right in thinking that you have an easement over this bridge in order to access your property? Can you remember the way the right of access is described on the deeds?
yes formally I think my access is limited to this bridge, there are two other bridges but nothing
has been mentioned in the deeds regarding these, the middle one I still use though as does everyone else, however one of the consequences of a proposed flood prevention scheme will be to remove the central bridge therefore only leaving this one bridge for us to use
I have attached office copy from the land registry
I think they have interfered with your easement. Is the chain removable (I am thinking wheelbarrows, bicycles and light vehicles), if not this is a flagrant interference with your easement. If you are able to you should talk to you neighbour about the chain and show them the easement set out in the title deed and ask them to remove/render moveable the chain.
yes it is removable they have place a snapshackle at one end however that is perfectly fine for adults to remove but this is terribly inconvenient each time we access the house and not at all appropriate for children and dangerous in the dark as the road is unlit
I have already supplied them with a copy of the easement I sent to you but unfortunately they are very unreasonable and believe
they own the bridge therefore they are trying to restrict its use
sorry I am not sure how this works they keep asking me for a rating although I was assuming we were still in corresondence
it seems that when you rate the conversation is over!!!
The question is whether the chain significantly interferes with your use of the easement. It seems likely that the answer to that will be that it doesn't if it has a snapshackle. As long as this is convenient to use then it is unlikely to amount to an interference with your use. They are allowed to put up some marker of private property or to secure the entrance to their land as long as they do not interfere with your right of access.
As far as rating is concerned if you rate the answer that will not close the question and I will continue to answer follow up questions.