There is nothing illegal in a barbed wire fence bordering a residential property
provided it is not set there is a trap as it would be if it was hidden in a
The centre of a
brook is usually the boundary unless the deeds say otherwise.
It is interesting
to note that whoever owns the bed of the brook/stream/river does not
necessarily have any rights to the water. Also, whoever has the right to the
water does not necessarily have the right of access along the bank.
where the culvert/conduit is, you may being indeed responsible for keeping it
clear and to be responsible for any damage caused if it floods.
You are going to
need to look closely at the deeds from the land registry to see exactly where
the red edging on your property is.
If the red edging
is on your side of the brook than the most logical any easiest way of dealing
with this rather than face a legal argument with the neighbouring landowner
(which you will not necessarily win) would be simply to put another fence
alongside it so that the grandchildren are protected from the barbed wire.
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