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I have 3 German Sherhard dogs. I have become disabled and am

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I have 3 German Sherhard dogs. I have become disabled and am widowed since getting them. I take them out but they do perform outside at the rear of my house - which I clear. My neighbour has complained that their droppings in my backgarden have caused his grass to grow excessiveley (even though dog urine kills grass). He 'phoned me and asked me to come to his house without saying why. I went and he showed me one area of his back lawn which was uncut and quite lush. I am on a slight slope towards his house so rain run off will naturally fall in his direction, in fact I live in a cul-de-sac with his house being the last in the downhill slope. As a result of having my backyard paved I do get about 2 inches of rainwater in heavy seasons and therefore have had a sump built with a pump to remove it as per advise from my local council. When I told him this he said that there was no bottom to it even though I reassured him that there was. He sais he would report me to the environmental health.

When I came to live here with my husband there was a drainage ditch along the bottom of my neighbour's garden which he filled in. 2 doors up from me were on a soak away and we found that an overflow went across our gardens into that ditch. My neighbour denied that but the environmenatal health proved that the overflow came up in a hole I dug in my garden with a dye into the soakaway. The filled in ditch caused the overflow to come up in my garden. The dye they used proved this.

I had my rear garden flagged to stop this from coming up in my rear garden.This also helped me clear up from my dogs which I do daily and it is disposed off via the advice of my local authority. My neighbour denied that it was his fault by filling in the ditch. I didn't argue over any of this but just got on.

Recently I have realised that all my neighbours but one are ignoring me. That's not a problem as I don't neighbour anyway but I did spend one of my holiday weeks when I was working, looking after my neighbour's wife - shopping and collecting bread etc for her whilst he was working (he is now retired). A couple of years ago another neighbour had a problen with planning permission for a conservatory and said problem neighbour got everyone in our 7 house cul de sac to sign a letter to our council to say that we did not object.It seems as though he feels like he can't retire and has to have a project to work on- at the moment me.

I now feel I have to move to get away from him. I am miserable. I have put my house up for sale. I have had to call 999 at the advice of the police. At the last bank holiday. I was so frightened and worried about his adamant intentions to report me for I don't know what. I daren't go out to my car in case he is there and my other neighbours (whome we usually exchange Christmas cards) do not aknowledge me now.

Then he built a separate wooden fence adjacent to mine on his side. I asked him why he told me that it was to keep his grandaughter safe as my dogs were out of control and he feared for her safety.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.

Alex Watts : Hello my name is Alex and I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return You do not need to wait here as you will get an email when I reply.
Alex Watts : Thank you or the background - what is it you would like to know please?