My dear neighbour is a solicitor and likes a good argument, usually ending in him winning.
When I build my meagre extension he says there is a risk of his precious tree dying (which is true) and he wants a like for like replacement (or cacsh equivalent). Anyone else come up against this!
Its a 6m high scabby holly tree which provides him much screening from us poor people (actually it breaks up the view of my gable end, but he can still see 95% of the wall). The tree has been planted hard up against the boundary wall. It will brush against the wall I'm trying to build.
He wants compenstion £1000+ for a like for like tree. The tree is now only half a tree as the bit that has grown over my side has been pruned back by previous owners. The tree has gone very leggy and is only 1 metre wide. It is a por specimen of a tree, but the guy has seem an opportunity to make a gain from me.
I know that it is my fault that tree will die, but he has been unneighbourly by growing the tree so close to the boundary.
I only have a thin strip as I am the end of our terrace.
I think it would be fair if he accepted that I pay for 2 new smaller trees for say 200 to 300 quid total, but he wants a semi-mature tree craning into positon as a like for like replacement (albeit further from my wall now).
That's a long story cut short.
I have offered him compromises, but he has gone the Party Wall Surveyor route, which I have to pay for.
I'm sure you are ored with my ramblings now.
Anybody else come across this. Any good tips?
Thanks for reading my desparate ramblings.