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Will the local council do anything if a neighbour mows part of your verge without permission?
I understand this issue is very petty but please dismiss that. First of all I live on a council estate and we have a narrow 2 foot grass verge in front our houses - separated by a public footpath and obviously our own gardens. The council ocassionally gives the verges a mow between June to October and there is also some households that mow their section of grass themselves. I choose to leave my verge for the spring wildflowers and insects to flourish before mowing my own section. Whereas my next door neighbour will cut his section as soon as we get a couple of dry days (no matter what month were in). The issues comes to forth here. Last week, my neighbor undertook there first mow of the year and for some reason they encroached over to my side without my go-ahead. In my eyes I see this as criminal damage because I know for fact they don't have permission of the council or highway agencies. If I took this to my local council authorites. Will they do something about it or basically just laugh at me? Location: Derbyshire, UK.

Charlotte Lindsey

10th April 2022

3 upvotes

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Retired Police. Very unlikely the council would do any more than have a word. The CPS would be responsible for any criminal prosecution and I would argue there is no public interest for that to proceed.

Alexis Jenkins

10th April 2022

+2

5 upvotes

NQ law student- is the verge included in your tenancy? If not then you can’t do anything. The council would probably appreciate their help with the upkeep rather than leaving it unkempt.

Mabel Dodge

10th April 2022

+9

12 upvotes

Nq- Can you not just speak to them? I would say someyhing like "as much as I appreciate the gesture, I would like my lawn left because...." and say the exact reasons you've said on here. Surely anyone would be ok with that?

Odessa Kumar

10th April 2022

+1

4 upvotes

Nq, I would approach your neighbour in a polite manner and ask them to leave the bit in front of your house. They are NOT doing anything illegal and the council will have no interest in this matter, unless he did something like pave it etc Councils actively encourage the public to help keep areas like that tidy. Btw I don’t think you are being petty but unfortunately he has done nothing wrong

James Mullins

10th April 2022

2 upvotes

Post grad housing practice. The land will be classed as communal if it is outside of your private garden. I presume you pay a service charge for the council to maintain it (albeit they only cut the grass June to October)? I think it’s unlikely the Council would do anything about this, technically the tenant would need permission to carry out work on communal land but given that they’re not altering it in any way, simply maintaining it to a standard by cutting the grass, there isn’t any breach of Tenancy and the council wouldn’t take any enforcement action. My suggestion would be to have a word with your neighbour yourself to see if you can reach an agreement.

Derek Garton

10th April 2022

2 upvotes

Nq. You state the council sometimes mows it which isn't an issue but as soon as your neighbour does it is an issue? I think your issue is with the neighbour as opposed to the grass. You could always set up something in your backyard or a nice window planter for nature to come and explore that could stay there all year round.

William Sturtz

10th April 2022

+16

19 upvotes

NQ, it’s a grass verge owned by the council and am assuming not in your tenancy agreement to manage/ maintain. I would say you don’t have a legal angle to challenge it.

Jeremy Mentgen

10th April 2022

+1

4 upvotes

Council gardener - we are cutting already because of we don't start asap we can't keep on top of it.

Lakita Sexton

10th April 2022

1 upvote

NQ can you not just have a wild section in your own garden, perhaps make it into a feature. A lady round the corner from me does the same thing, but she has put up little fencing and a sign with what that area attracts.

Trevor Robinson

10th April 2022

2 upvotes

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