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My property is bordered by a Public Footpath. The trees on the public footpath have caused damage to my Boundary fence. Do i have a claim against my local authority to recover the cost to repair the boundary fence which I am responsible for?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 1 year ago.
Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.For now please let me know whether you had made the Authority aware of the trees may be causing damage?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have been in discussion by email with the local authority since December, their head of public rights of way has visited the site in the past month and met with me.
Expert:  Ash replied 1 year ago.
Only if they knew about potentially it would cause damage would they be liable. If otherwise they would not.
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mso-fareast-language:EN-GB;}You need to write and set out your losses and request a refund of costs of repair within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this signed delivery and keep a copy.If they do not refund 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 claim is for &pound;10,000 or less it will be a small claim so you will not need legal representation. Over this value you would need representation for trial.Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?Alex
Expert:  Ash replied 1 year ago.
You need to write and set out your losses and request a refund of the cost of repair within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this signed delivery and keep a copy.If they do not refund 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 claim is for &pound;10,000 or less it will be a small claim so you will not need legal representation. Over this value you would need representation for trial.Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?Alex
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can the treeline be classed as my boundary if beyond the boundary fencing?. My Title deeds only highlight my responsibility for the fence.
Expert:  Ash replied 1 year ago.
If the tree has caused damage and that is on or borders the Local Authority then yes its their responsibility.Does that clarify?Alex
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Ash replied 1 year ago.
Good luck and have a great weekend. Alex

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