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If someone requires access over the neighbour’s land/property for work required “preserve” (maintain) their property then under the Access to Neighbouring Land Act https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1992/23/contents
they have a statutory entitlement to be able to do so.
Google will give you plenty of reading on the effects of the law.
You need to tell the neighbour exactly that unless she/he allows access forthwith, because the structure is dangerous/requires work, you will make an emergency application to the County Court for an injunction to compel the neighbour to give you access AND your will ask the court to award all costs of the application against the neighbour.
You may find that a strongly worded letter from a solicitor threatening a court application and an application for costs, may focus the mind without actually the need to get to court.
Check your house insurance to see if you have legal expenses cover that would pay for the legal cost of taking this to court.
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