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To complain to Planning Dept about neighbour's 6 feet high skateboard ramp? (Sorry bit long, but need some impetus to keep fighting)

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BeKindToYourKnees Fri 12-Apr-13 21:30:25

Two years ago my next-door neighbours built a skateboard ramp which overlooks my garden. The ramp is used by my neighbour and his friends (average age 35?) I wouldn't mind so much if it was being used by teenagers, but am very uncomfortable being in my garden and being overlooked from a height of 10 feet+ by my neighbour and his mates.
Local planning dept has told them to remove it, but I know he is re-building it to a height of 4 feet and will apply for retrospectaive planning.
I previously got on well with his partner (despite him telling her to 'get in the house and not talk to me') and he has upset and intimidated another single woman who lives in my road. I also had to call the police when he was shouting at me and being abusive for not shutting our gate, which is shared.
I have worked so hard to provide a home for me and Dd for the past 10 years and am gutted that I am now having to consider selling my house just to be rid of his nastiness.

mumtolilh Fri 12-Apr-13 21:38:30

Such a shame when you have a bad neighbour! I've been there!
Have you got a partner that can try talking to him?
I just can't believe they are around 35 lol smile

BeKindToYourKnees Fri 12-Apr-13 21:57:36

mumtolilh single mum, so no partner. And also shouldn't have to rely on a partner to sort my problems. Am hoping that his knees give out before mine

quoteunquote Fri 12-Apr-13 22:26:45

Do you live next door to Tony Hawks?

DH wants to come round, he would love a go, I think you have just inspired him, we have the world largest skateboard collection mostly stored at the bottom of the stairs in an adult side stack.

mumtolilh Fri 12-Apr-13 22:30:33

Maybe he will have an accident on his silly ramp & think twice about it lol

Maybe talk to your local mp about what you can do?

I would hate somebody looking over my private space sad

All the best

BeKindToYourKnees Fri 12-Apr-13 23:11:25

quoteunquote Not quite sure why your DH wants to come round (or wants he wants to have a go on) but happy to have inspired him wink

forgetmenots Fri 12-Apr-13 23:12:33

YANBU, what a nightmare sad
Can't you get more advice from the council on this? Could you and other neighbours approach them?

ForYourEyesYoni Fri 12-Apr-13 23:15:29

Sneak over in the night and sray polish on the ramp? WD40?

DOn't do this, obvs, but have fun thinking about the slippiest thing that you can put on there?

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Fri 12-Apr-13 23:17:20

What a cockish and twatty thing to build in a back garden. It must be horrible for you, OP. some people just have no consideration or thought for others at all.

Toughasoldboots Fri 12-Apr-13 23:19:25

Would the noise aspect help with getting it removed? Environment health might do something. The noise alone would drive me to do something desperate.

babanouche Fri 12-Apr-13 23:36:42

What a total idiot. You have my complete and utter sympathy. I advocate what a previous poster said: spray wd40 over the fence after nightfall.

Tortington Fri 12-Apr-13 23:42:03

and th noise oh god the noise must be hideous - i can imagine sunbathing whilst constantly listening to that racket

i think you need to punch his cat in the tits

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Fri 12-Apr-13 23:42:50

I want a mini ramp!

Let's not blame the sport, blame the unpleasant knobber who built it.

If it's wooden, hose it down liberally every time you water your containers and it'll delaminate by the summer

thermalsinapril Fri 12-Apr-13 23:54:12

YANBU at all. That's what planning departments are for.

Hopasholic Sat 13-Apr-13 00:35:11

Sorry but PMSL @ 'living next door to tony hawkes' & spraying with WD40

My DS (11) is really into skateboarding, which is why I read the thread as I thought it would be about children.

It always surprises me how many single men are at the local skatepark.

zzzzz Sat 13-Apr-13 00:39:26

Light a very smokey BBQ near it every day.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 13-Apr-13 00:54:09

This is what you want. Mythbusters used it and it is the slipperiest thing they could find.

CSIJanner Sat 13-Apr-13 01:00:08

I saw that last night MrsTerryP grin Looks lots of fun!

I think if he's concreting it, then it definately needs planning. Also, it needs to blunder a certain height as well. You can also get him done noise pollution. Does the new height mean he can still see over into your property? Remind, that they'll be trying to jump up with boards at either end. If so, ring the planning office again so hopefully be told to rip it down nice and for all

ComeYoniWithMe Sat 13-Apr-13 01:14:44

Have you got a partner that can try talking to him?
Sorry have I been transported back to the 1950's????

Anyway op the noise must be horrendous, keep ringing the council and hopefully they will put a stop to it.

mumtolilh Sat 13-Apr-13 16:21:03

wow some ppl! Just a simple suggestion!
That's what this site is for!
There's always 1!

mumtolilh Sat 13-Apr-13 16:30:40

How rude! This is an advice site...if you don't like other people's opinions maybe you Shouldn't be on here!
Everybody is allowed to make suggestions to help on a public board!
Some of us have beliefs & live a very traditional lifestyle!
You have no right to have an opinion on anybody/disrespect the way they live & describe them as from the 1950's....so arrogant!

Areyoumadorisitme Sat 13-Apr-13 16:39:45

A little harsh on mumtolilath,

Whether we like it or not it is true that some blokes like this neighbour do sometimes take a different approach if a man deals with it.

pumpkinsweetie Sat 13-Apr-13 16:43:44

I would use them having it to my full advantage, just think you can watch from your window whilst they prats of themselves from great heights grin and if they take a tumble it would make brilliant viewing with a cocktail with your feet up on a nice summers day grin

mumtolilh Sat 13-Apr-13 16:43:48

Exactly! Some men actually don't like women saying anything to them...unfortunately it's just the way some are!
She's single anyway so cannot be done but was just saying what I would do smile

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