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I wish to build another fence on my side of my troublesome

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I wish to build another fence on my side of my troublesome neighbour's fence but I worry that if I build it 6" on my side (which I believe is the legal requirement?) he will take his existing fence down and claim that extra 6" as his land. He breaks/pours weed killer on my shrubs next to his fence which he claims are growing over his land - they are only growing up the side of his fence, which has been rickety for some years. Ideally for me would be to build one metal fence as near to his as possible, then another wooden fence 6" inside that one. Expensive for me and perhaps petty but worth it for peace. Can you advise please?

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Sorry to hear about the problems you are having with your neighbour.
Although you are free to put up a fence on your side of the boundary, I agree that the more expensive option of putting up a metal fence and the wooden one seems like a sensible option if you believe that your neighbour will take down his fence the moment you have put yours up 6 feet away from your boundary.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

How near to his fence am I legally allowed to erect a metal (or any other fence) for protection of my land? I was thinking it was a minimum of six inches but you have replied in feet. I have a shed and garage which both come almost parallel with the boundary line so I would have to stop short of them both. Six feet would defeat the object.

Sorry, I meant 6 inches not feet, as per you per your original question.
As long as you put up the metal or wooden fence on your land, you are fine. There is no minimum as such but 6 inches is reasonable.
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