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If it was a one-off then there would be a defence which is that the incident was not reasonably foreseeable. However if the owner knows there has been a problem previously and does nothing, should an accident occur then the victim can claim the owner was on notice of the problem yet did nothing about it. So because they did nothing then there is a situation of negligence on their part. It is an accident waiting to happen, in other words. The remedies are to report this to the local council to see if they can deal with it, or an injunction taken out to force the owner to sort it out. The injunction is a serious legal remedy and generally the court will not grant one unless there is a genuine need to place a restriction on the owner - there has to be evidence that there is a genuine need for the injunction. The council should be able to help though as the sprinkler system is a likely hazard.
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Hi, yes you would have grounds to do so - the council will (or should at least) take note of your request because if not then you could launch Judicial Review proceedings against the council. That means that you ask a Judge to look in to the legality of the council's decision. The council is a public body and judicial review is a procedure whereby someone questions the legality of a public body's decision - if there is a problem and the council know all about it (but do nothing) then my view is the case would be a prime candidate for judicial review.