I am initially writing this email to gain as much information regarding my boundary lines and what my neighbours are entitled to do.
Here is the background to the problem. I bought a new build house last year which has a single driveway which should be able to house 3 cars. The width of the driveway is extremely narrow especially the section which has neighbours fence running along one side. We are a family of 4, therefore needing access to all doors of the 1 car we have. We cannot park the car in the driveway unless it is in the end space nearest to the road (entrance to the drive). This is the only space where all passengers can exit the car safely (as there is no fence at this section or wall of our house we can open the doors properly). Furthermore, in this end space we need to park as close to our neighbours boundary to get past the car with my husband’s bicycle, the baby’s pram (which are both used daily) and get the waste bins out weekly. Nothing fits past the car in the drive otherwise.
In September, our neighbour complained to us that they could see our car from their window whilst it was sitting in our driveway in the end space. We explained the reasons and restrictions why the car had to be in this position. Our neighbour is not happy about this and has now placed 3 large plant pots right on the edge of the adjoining boundary (please see attached photograph). This is now preventing me from using that side of the car and hence the entire driveway.
If you could answer the following questions and provide any additional information which you think would be extremely helpful. I would like this trivial issue resolved as quickly as possible.
Why is the wooden fence constructed to a certain distance as a boundary in my neighbours garden?
Is there a reason why the fence turns and is fitted against my neighbours wall leaving an open space between their garden and entrance to our driveway?
Is there a regulation which prevents someone from placing such plant pots next to a footpath or vehicle highway?
If the development has been constructed as an open plan estate, does that mean this type of enclosure is not acceptable?
How should a driveway be built to accommodate disabled access and getting young children in and out?
Although these pots are still on their side of the boundary it has now created a barricade meaning we cannot open our doors out over this line.
Question Posted By – Judith Stevenson In Area – West Central Scotland