Posted: 10/08/2014 at 22:30
1. Cut the dead stems on your side and plant some low growing perennials.
2. If you and your neighbour want to replace with a more manageable barrier, you could try laurel. You plant as whips and just trim to shape and depth.
3. Yew berries if I remember correctly are poisonous so if you have little ones it might be best to avoid that one.
I'm sure more ideas will follow as there are a lot of inventive people on the forum.