OK - speak to the Council first. They may have a bye law against this type of thing but I would not necessarily rely just on this.
Anything that overhangs you are entitled to cut back as you well know.
However the neighbour has no responsibility to cut it back and sadly you have to pay this.
However if it is causing damage then you can sue for negligence and sue for any loss and damage.
For that you need to write and set out your losses and request a payment within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this recorded delivery and keep a copy.
If they do not pay you then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk or by completing form N1 http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/n001-eng.pdf and take it to your local County Court.
The Court will then issue a claim which a copy will be sent to the Defendant who will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce.
If the matter is defended it will be set down for a trial. If the claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim and you will not need representation
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
You need to offer the cuttings back.
You can only sue if there is damage.
But you can give notice that you will sue if there is damage
Then you can just dispose of them
Yes that is correct.
No, not if it was not practical to do so
Yes anything on your side
Whatever is on your side of the boundary you can cut back
Yes I would say so
Can I help with anything further today?
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