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Yes there are
You should consider mediation
This is where the parties meet and discuss with a mediator the issues
This can be together at a round table or in private sessions
Mediation is better as it is not in a Court environment, any agreement is made between the parties and the Court does not impose its own Judgment
So I would suggest mediation where the parties can come to an agreement together
how do we approach that as she wont even speak with us and was very hostile when my wide went around when the builder was here to look at the problem
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I would write and suggest mediation
If the neighbour does not engage the only other option is to seek a Court order under the Access to Neighbouring Land Act
I am not sure whether she would know what our rights are - should we mention that - and how do we find a mediator who would know what the options are and find an sensible way forward
There are many mediation services and neighbour disputes are quite common
if you google mediation services these come up
Should we contact them first and see how they think we should approach her for this or send her a letter first saying that we want to find a way forward... I am expecting her to just say NO unless she is persuaded that it is better for her to take that route...
Yes I would do that.
Then try mediation
Then try a Solicitors letter
Does that help?
I guess so - still feels we are likely to wind her up and get her to dig her heels in further if the next contact she gets is from us ...so not sure how I feel about this
Yes. Sadly I can only give you the legal options
But I really would try mediation, because its not a court imposed solution
Would the mediation service approach a neighbour on our behalf or would we make the first approach?
Both parties have to agree to mediation
OK - and there are no easy documents that we can give her that would show what rights we have - that might persuade her that this is a better way forward?
She can go to: