philippa smith2

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Posted: 21/01/2017 at 19:12

KT - my new fence is actually vertical boards with inch gaps between to allow for our South West winds so yes, in a way, I could unscrew a couple of boards to access the drain but to what purpose ?  I do that one day, re screw the boards, neighbour turns it round again the next day......, ad infinitum. That area is part of my garden and I want to finish planting it up without having to keep clumping back and forth.

My final plea to my neighbour was to say exactly what you have said - my fence will not be happy to be drenched with water every time it rains.  I won't be quite as rude as to say what his response was other than it went along the lines of Tough Shit.

Like many of the responses, the first thought is " Block the drain" and see what happens.  Just a few minutes thought and you realise that if you do that, the drain pipe will blow off the fitment from the gutter and decant the water straight into my paved area and hence into my kitchen.

It is always difficult to describe exactly how things are and I am aware that asking advice on the Forum has always to be mitigated with things on the ground.

If I appear to be a bit of a Wimp, I'll just say that I had my car vandalised recently to the extent it was written can probably appreciate that I don't want to invite trouble,

The point of my original query was " is there a legal way to deal with this ?"  Hopefully there is and I will be able to sort it.  

Again, thanks to all for your input 


Posted: 21/01/2017 at 17:48

Red or Orange stemmed ones always benefit from positioning where the low winter sun shines on / through them 


Posted: 21/01/2017 at 17:23

Many thanks to all who have offered advice.  

I have at least achieved confirmation from some of the links offered that the discharge of rainwater should be routed in such a way that it doesn't affect neighbouring properties.It confirms what I  (and obviously others ) initially thought.  It is however incredibly difficult to persuade the FB that he is in the wrong when you cannot have a rational discussion. 

As I said, the water authority has little advice to offer as the offending drainpipe is on private land.  Even had I felt brave enough to risk being accused of damaging someone's property, I didn't wish to delay the erection of my new fence ( a physical as well as a psychological barrier if I'm honest ) and I cannot now access the drain pipe from my side. 

I shall speak to my local district council next week and quote what rules and regs I can see.  If they are unwilling to help, then a solicitor it will have to be. 

Water butts are fine........all my rainwater is harvested in this manner but unfortunately I can't make my neighbour do the same.  

Thanks again



Posted: 20/01/2017 at 18:44

Pansy..........thanks so much......... that's the first really specific thing I've seen. Wet enough to try this route.......... may well be enough to scare the FB into doing something. If the council can't be ar**d, I'll try this.


Posted: 20/01/2017 at 18:16


Pansy and Nutcutlet - yes, I'd already considered that but apart from the fact that the outlet is glued so therefore not just a simple job to twist and turn, I've just had my fencing installed and can no longer reach the offending drain pipe. Touching someone else's property is also a bit of a minefield and I have to live with the FB.

I have made enquiries with my local water company but of course they are chary of offering any advice as the offending pipe is "privately owned". 

My local council isn't the most "get up and go" organisation and what I was hoping to find out before I contacted them was whether I actually had any legal standing.  I've trawled various sites but can't seem to find anything definitive.  The only previous experience I've had is that when I bought a farm years ago, the Dairy roof discharged it's rainwater into the neighbouring property and I was advised quick sharp to bring the pipework onto my own property and install a proper soakaway.

I was just hoping if anyone on here had suffered and .resolved a similar situation, I might find a leg to stand on so to speak.  Like most people, I'd thought it illegal to discharge water onto someone else's property but I'm damned if I can find that in writing.

Thanks to you all anyway - I appreciate your comments


Posted: 20/01/2017 at 16:54

Hopefully you can see my problem from the 2 attached photos.

I recently dismantled my old boundary fence to prepare for the erection of a new fence.  It would seem that my neighbour has been happily discharging all the rainwater from the rear of his house ( a pitched roof and large flat roof ) for at least 5 years if not longer directly into my garden.

My house and garden are already prone to flooding and just a couple of days of heavy rain tends to make the solid ground floors damp.  Whilst I am happy ( ? ) to accept that I live in a flood prone area ( Somerset Levels), I can't see that an extra run off helps matters.  Particularly when it isn't mine 

I have always understood that rainwater from a house roof should be diverted one of 2 ways - to a main drain or to a properly constructed soakaway- either of which should be on the property in question rather than a neighbouring property.

Having asked my neighbour on 2 separate occasions to do something, I'm obviously getting nowhere.

I intend to contact the local council and see if there is anything they are able to do but in the meantime, I'm wondering if anyone has had experience of this kind of problem and if/how they managed to resolve it.

Variegated Ivy

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 17:27

One of the best variegated ivies is "Gloire de Marengo" (sp ? ).  Large leaf which is easier to keep under control than the small leaved types.

rare seeds

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 17:05

Think you need to be a bit more specific pot-man.  

Are you offering seeds or asking for them ?  Rare in which country ?

What are these?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:17

The first is as Nutcutlet suggests, the basic/common Heuchera.  It has tall spires of dark red flowers throughout the summer.  A nice plant and not invasive as it spreads quite slowly.  Seems less prone to vine weevil than the other more colourful varieties IME.

Dogs urine making brown spots all over the lawn

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 15:57

Welsh Onion.....your comment cheered me up no end.........a true accolade from a master

Posy - no idea how you profess to know my likes and dislikes ( read Tea leaves perhaps ? ).  I am sure you are an intelligent person and will therefore know that the word "pets" covers more than cats and dogs.  Perhaps a bit of thought before you post ?

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