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    • PhilE
    • By PhilE 11th Jun 17, 1:10 PM
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    Neighbours ball damaging fence.
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    • 11th Jun 17, 1:10 PM
    Neighbours ball damaging fence. 11th Jun 17 at 1:10 PM
    So I'm in a situation where the neighbors at the rear, children and father, pound a heavy football against the fence. Its my mothers property.

    Its been agitating her, and has caused damage to the fence. There's a bench at the back where she likes to sit, now she can't do that without the fence sounding like someones taken a hammer to it.

    I'll be checking the deeds on Monday to see who owns the fence. I'll take pictures of the damage, and then knock on the door and politely ask that they stop, as they have damaged the fence and are causing agitation.

    Failing that, it will have to be a solicitors letter. I'd rather it didn't go that far.

    Any shared experience on a similar matter or additional things I could do would be appreciated.
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    • Chloe_G
    • By Chloe_G 12th Jun 17, 6:48 PM
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    My new neighbours painted their side of my fence (cost me £1500 three months before they moved in.) They got some odd job men who spraypainted it black (it was pale gold colour) on a November evening in the pouring rain). I saw it next morning - dark woodstain had run through ruined the fence, all run down and ruined the gravel boards. I went round nicely and explained it was my fence and he should have asked and he had damaged my fence.) He had a good old laugh and can't understand my problem! Tea and cake didn't work.

    Sorry if this is off the point; I can't stand stress of going down the solicitor route and I am now growing a holly hedge this side and will eventually take down my fence leaving him to put up with holly leaves!
    Last edited by Chloe_G; 12-06-2017 at 6:50 PM. Reason: to add more
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 12th Jun 17, 7:22 PM
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    My new neighbours painted their side of my fence (cost me £1500 three months before they moved in.) They got some odd job men who spraypainted it black (it was pale gold colour) on a November evening in the pouring rain). I saw it next morning - dark woodstain had run through ruined the fence, all run down and ruined the gravel boards. I went round nicely and explained it was my fence and he should have asked and he had damaged my fence.) He had a good old laugh and can't understand my problem! Tea and cake didn't work.

    Sorry if this is off the point; I can't stand stress of going down the solicitor route and I am now growing a holly hedge this side and will eventually take down my fence leaving him to put up with holly leaves!
    Originally posted by Chloe_G
    If it's any consolation, the golden colour wouldn't have stayed long. The panels always fade and need further treatment, although a weathered grey is fine IMO.

    You are doing the right thing, preparing for the long term and growing something dense and prickly. Berberis darwinii is faster than holly, as is pyracantha, but holly's nicest, when it gets there.
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    • hammy1988
    • By hammy1988 12th Jun 17, 9:26 PM
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    For those people saying buy a football net - I used to play football with my brother and Dad in our garden. We had a football net. The ball still hit the fence! Apologies I don't have any other suggestions other than the be nice approach.

    I don't know your area but the difficulties we had as children was that it was the back garden or nothing as the land around us had those wonderful signs saying "No ball games".
    Originally posted by yoshiyella
    I have one of those delightful 'no ball games allowed' signs on my back garden brick wall... although it actually says 'ball games allowed...' The kids on the estate chisel off the no part everytime its fixed LOL.
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 12th Jun 17, 10:45 PM
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    The kids might like the fact the ball bounces back off the fence so this might be better than a set of goals

    https://www.vidaxl.co.uk/e/8718475907794/adjustable-football-kickback-rebounder-100-x-100-cm?gclid=CN2dn7SjudQCFRUUGwodeFIBbg

    Fingers crossed a simple word and some tea / cake may resolve the situation - chances are they don't know your mother sits there on the other side.
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    • Jaglad111
    • By Jaglad111 13th Jun 17, 3:00 AM
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    I plan on having this problem next year when we move house as my son in football mad. My soloution will be a goal but also erecting a full width net to stop any wayward shots. Priced up, all in about £150, money well spent to give the neighbours and ourselves some peace. You can also buy heavy foam footballs that dont make much noise.
    • PhilE
    • By PhilE 13th Jun 17, 4:52 PM
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    Unfortunately not everyone is as considerate a neighbor as you!
    • xylophone
    • By xylophone 13th Jun 17, 4:57 PM
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    coup de gras...
    Hit by a suet ball?
    • elsien
    • By elsien 13th Jun 17, 5:01 PM
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    Neighbours to the side used to do this, a couple of feet from the back door and kitchen. Used to drive me up the wall. I could never work out how the parents managed to ignore it as their garden was quite small so the sound would have been equally as loud. Didn't seem to bother them though.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • PhilE
    • By PhilE 25th Jun 17, 6:54 PM
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    Well, tea and cake didn't work. Another neighbor has also asked him, which hasn't solved anything

    He's an East European gentleman, who likes to do things his own way shall we say. Unfortunately, I've had to be a little verbally assertive.

    What I'll be doing is building a brick wall as high as possible. He chopped down a lovely tree in the back of his garden, which was just inside of his garden on the shared border. Possibly for more light, and space.
    I'll be planting a nice big tree on our side of the border, directly next to where his tree used to be. That'll cause him to lose light, but if he'd been polite and accommodating that wouldn't have happened. The tree and wall will help screen him out as much as possible, if my mum moves he'll have a nice big tree to remember me by.

    A shame people have to be selfish like this.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 25th Jun 17, 7:02 PM
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    Eucalyptus dalrympleana is hardy, evergreen and grows about 20' in 5 years.

    Opera played through a rechargeable bluetooth speaker annoys most people after a while, even if it's not very loud.

    Then there's....

    https://www.compoundsecurity.co.uk/security-equipment/mosquito-mk4-anti-loitering-device?gclid=CLaChtXK2dQCFSa-7QodJmEJoA

    .....which your Mum won't hear.

    Kinda pricey for MSE!
    Last edited by Davesnave; 25-06-2017 at 7:06 PM.
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    • PhilE
    • By PhilE 25th Jun 17, 7:58 PM
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    Eucalyptus dalrympleana is hardy, evergreen and grows about 20' in 5 years.

    Opera played through a rechargeable bluetooth speaker annoys most people after a while, even if it's not very loud.

    Then there's....

    https://www.compoundsecurity.co.uk/security-equipment/mosquito-mk4-anti-loitering-device?gclid=CLaChtXK2dQCFSa-7QodJmEJoA

    .....which your Mum won't hear.

    Kinda pricey for MSE!
    Originally posted by Davesnave
    The kids are pretty young, and there's a toddler and baby next door, I wouldn't use that mosquito device to be honest.

    Thanks for the recommendation on the tree though, looks ideal.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 26th Jun 17, 12:06 AM
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    The kids are pretty young, and there's a toddler and baby next door, I wouldn't use that mosquito device to be honest.

    Thanks for the recommendation on the tree though, looks ideal.
    Originally posted by PhilE
    The Mosquito wasn't a serious suggestion, but the local Co-op in a suburb where I used to live, used low volume operatic music to great effect for keeping its doorway and immediate surrounds clear.

    I grew several of the eucalyptus from seed and found them faster than leylandii. They'll be chopped-down when other trees I've planted are large enough to have more presence. Not sure when/if they stop!
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