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Neighbours walking on our drive and lawn
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Lochnessgiraffe · 28/03/2022 13:08

Our neighbours keep walking over our lawn and drive. Our neighbours to the left have stopped doing this once we spoke to them but currently our neighbours to the right keep doing this. We've been having problems with them as they are having building work done and have had to stop their builders parking on our drive.
We don't have a car so they've previously asked to park on our drive but we've said no. They are now constantly walking over our lawn. Our living room over looks the lawn so we see it constantly it's driving us nuts.
We've asked them to stop. What can we do about this? We're actually trying to move due to the neighbours.

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Am I being unreasonable?

AIBU

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Isaidnomorecrisps · 29/03/2022 19:15

Loving this massively

A 4m Squid Game doll shouting Red Light Green Light

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TheHumanExperience · 29/03/2022 19:38

@Lochnessgiraffe

Unfortunately no fence is possible due to the way the lawns and drives are set up.
Sprinkler could be fun!

You can get a motion-activated sprinkler. You could always re-seed the lawn as a valid reason for installing it.
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pinkpantherpink · 29/03/2022 19:51

They're very rude and disrespectful

YaNBU

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maria57 · 29/03/2022 22:38

In all of this you dont say whether the house is yours as in you have a mortgage for the house or whether its housing association or private rent? If its a Housing Association you could get them involved as your privacy is being invaded...we all are entitled to privacy in our home.

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Thumpkin · 29/03/2022 22:48

Sometimes things occur on mumsnet that are beyond me, one being neighbours who are asked not to trespass but carry on merrily to the extent that the property owner wants to move. Surely they need more forceful instructions? Tell them you’ll charge them to repair the lawn? Scream at them from the window? Get water sprinklers to drench them? Run out and confront them?

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munner · 29/03/2022 22:54

Next time go out and confront them and tell them in no uncertain terms to keep the hell off your property.

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Abitofalark · 29/03/2022 23:36

I have the same neighbours as you, OP. I wonder if they are moonlighting! The problem is when you don't have a car, people like that will walk all over you. Walking or parking on your drive is psychological walking all over you. If I could tell you all the names I'd like to call them...I'll just leave it at ignorant pigs.

Yes, the idea mentioned by Rooftops is a good one. Those stick-in posts are cheap, high enough to stop someone, easy to install and easy to remove when you want to sell. You can thread yellow builders' twine through them and there you have your fence.

I've never found a satisfactory solution to this and the best thing is to get a car to block them, plus your stick-in fence, or else move, as you are planning to do.

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tae19 · 29/03/2022 23:39

Honestly why do you care? Just leave it. And also why wouldn't you let them use your drive if you have no car? You sound like the mean, unreasonable neighbour!

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Blinky21 · 29/03/2022 23:41

Dog poo

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shatteredmama · 29/03/2022 23:52

Put some pampas grass out there and wink seductively at them as they pass.

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Quackpot · 30/03/2022 00:01

Dress up as an angry duck and run out chasing them every time they set foot on your land. Don't forget to angryquack.

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PollyPutTheKettleOnKettleOn · 30/03/2022 00:02

@Quackpot

Dress up as an angry duck and run out chasing them every time they set foot on your land. Don't forget to angryquack.

A goose would be more effective, surely?
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Fraaahnces · 30/03/2022 01:03

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summerin69 · 30/03/2022 06:54

Put up a little sign like one of those Please keep off the grass. Put "Please keep off our lawn". You then don't have to go into the whole hassle of talking to them about it, and they can't then say they haven't been told.

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HollowTalk · 30/03/2022 07:00

@TheYearOfSmallThings

Could you get a sprinkler system like the fountains of Versailles so it would follow them across your lawn? Or maybe like those ones at the Bellagio which would come up in a ring around them when they reach the centre?

This is the best post I've seen for weeks! 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾
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longtompot · 30/03/2022 11:18

@tae19

Honestly why do you care? Just leave it. And also why wouldn't you let them use your drive if you have no car? You sound like the mean, unreasonable neighbour!

Really? Hmm
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spacehardware · 30/03/2022 11:29

Sure why not create a precedent of the neighbour having habitual use of the driveway, that'll make the house really attractive to buyers.

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RavenofEngland · 30/03/2022 11:49

@BellePeppa

Why do people keep saying rosary washing line, do they have crucifixes attached?

I suspect it’s an auto correct issue for the person who said it first and everyone else is just joking about it. Rotary and rosary are only one letter different in spelling.
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RavenofEngland · 30/03/2022 11:55

@tae19

Honestly why do you care? Just leave it. And also why wouldn't you let them use your drive if you have no car? You sound like the mean, unreasonable neighbour!

Why should she let them use the drive? It’s private property and she has every right to refuse.
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LoisLane66 · 30/03/2022 16:18

I wouldn't be moving just because of selfish neighbours. If I were you I would have hard (but not sweary) words with the neighbour who keeps crossing over. I'd tell them that further action will be taken if the do it again, at any time of day or night. I'd repeat that you've asked them before and they've ignored your request and they have absolutely no right to walk on land you own.
Further to that, say you have reseeded the lawn and will sue them if they use your lawn as a right of way.
Alternatively, get posts and wire which can be easily taken down when they 'get' the message OR get a deckchair and camp out on their doorstep.
You could get a cheap garden hose and gouge holes with a screwdriver along part of it and lay it diagonally across the part where they cross and connect to your kitchen tap. Switch it in when you see or hear them leave their property.

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Murdoch1949 · 30/03/2022 17:08

This is very rude, but some entitled neighbours are! If there’s a contract stipulation about no fences or hedging then you have to abide by it. Only answer is the motion activated sprinkler, which I would not hesitate to install, removing it at night as they sound like the sort who would steal/break it. Whenever I move I ensure that I do not share a drive or have any likely neighbour encroachment like you’ve got. No matter how you get reassurance about the lovely neighbours, they could move and a Channel 5 Neighbour from Hell could move in. I verge on antisocial with neighbours, they’re not friends, just people who’ve bought a similar house. I will take in parcels, but I refuse to allow my parcels to be delivered to neighbours, I don’t want to be beholden to them. I am polite, but not friendly, too often it can go wrong. I’m in a detached house with own drive, granddaughter stepped out of car onto neighbour’s lawn - my fault, I’d parked too near - they knocked on the window and admonished her. Not taken a parcel in for them since!

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RedScarfJamjar · 30/03/2022 17:36

I know! Install a Zebra crossing. Get the full works, lollipop, high vis 3/4 length coat and smart hat. Escort them over the garden each and every time (after halting them to check for imaginary traffic, naturally).

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MRex · 30/03/2022 18:35

@RedScarfJamjar

I know! Install a Zebra crossing. Get the full works, lollipop, high vis 3/4 length coat and smart hat. Escort them over the garden each and every time (after halting them to check for imaginary traffic, naturally).

Just the red traffic light?
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RedScarfJamjar · 30/03/2022 18:52

I feel the lollipop attendant gives the entire situation more gravitas and tone than a simple light. I shall think on and offer solutions for when OP isn't present/in full garb.

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thegcatsmother · 30/03/2022 19:32

Caltrops

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