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Contacting Your MP About a Neighbourhood Problem

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 24 Dec 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Contacting Your Mp Writing To Your Mp

Many people will often turn to their MP in order to try to get a particular neighbourhood problem resolved. What people tend to forget, however, is that while your MP is there to serve members of their constituency, there are so many people who make up the constituency that they cannot be expected to get personally involved in specific issues relating to an individual.

Their role is to help in matters which central government or Parliament is responsible for and, while they do have a duty to represent the general issues which affect their constituency and, where possible, to bring those to the attention of the wider audience of influential MPs and cabinet ministers in the House of Commons, they’re not there to resolve specific personal issues.

What MPs Do Not Get Involved With

Before attempting to contact your MP, just remember that they won’t get involved in certain issues such as these below, although this isn’t an exhaustive list:

What Does My MP Actually Do Then?

It’s first of all important to state that MPs are genuinely concerned about issues that affect their constituents. After all, it’s the constituents that have got them to their position in the first place by voting for them, so they are morally obliged to serve you. They’ll often have local councillors who they will liaise with about certain issues going on in the constituency and, if a neighbourhood has a specific problem or issue, it will usually be the local councillor who will raise that with your MP.

So, if you do have a specific point you wish to raise, it’s often better to contact your local councillor instead of your MP, as that is more likely to result in your MP taking notice of a particular issue. This might include things like the level of services being provided by your local council such as problems with rubbish collections, public amenities, council housing repairs and much more. They will also be able to explain the Local Government Policies within a neighbourhood.

Contacting Your MP

One of the best ways of contacting your MP is to keep an eye out in your local newspaper or check your local library’s notice board as MPs hold regular ‘surgeries’ once every month or so at places like a local library or community centre. Obviously, they’ll only be there for an hour or so, and there may be many people wishing to raise issues, so there are no guarantees that they will be able to answer any specific points you may wish to make or that you’ll have the chance to raise your point at a specific time.

Most MPs will also tend to update you by sending you their own leaflets telling you what issues they’ve been working on for the benefit of the local constituency. In this case, you’ll often find that they might already be aware of certain issues within the constituency which you were going to highlight, and that they are trying to resolve particular problems that might be occurring.

If, however, you do feel a strong urge to contact your MP, the best way to go to about is in writing. You should write to them at the House of Commons address as they are busy people and are often travelling about. Any mail directed to them will be dealt with by their office staff via a letter to the House of Commons. It has its own website which, if you put in your postcode, will provide you with the name of your local MP. Many will also include an email address, although don’t assume that because you send them an email you’ll a) necessarily receive a response, and b) that they’ll get to read your email personally. As mentioned previously, they are busy people and usually have secretaries who carry out much of their administrative work.

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My neighbour at ,89 millton road Widnes keeps banging against the wall which makes me upset and angree Ive done nothing to updset h I live at 89a Milton road so what I am saying either he moves out or I move out please come around a.s P
Andy - 24-Dec-16 @ 8:55 PM
I contacted the mp and it seems he just listen to the Cllr the council told me they will not longer respond because they had witnessed my land and garden being flooded but said it was only land and garden effected so I hadn't built anything but they have seen what has been built the mass of building next door and yet they have just told me to take civil action.They have even it seems advise this owner what he should do, and I suggest said something like. there would have been a watercourse at the front of all properties which has been filled by the neighbour without consent or colverting, they it is said, that is official has never known it to flood in the past, but it would be more cost effective for him, should there be a problem in the future and the water course needed to be reinstated, if enforcement action is taken against the neighbour.Well, I came to live here and there has never been any ditch or water course at the front of my property in the grass verge outside. my neighbour past has never since I have live here had any water course in fact I was recently told the drive in neighbour place was tarmac in 2000.The man before me never had any water course outside.The only place that had the water course at the front is where it has and is still being development and there the water course had been filled in on the right hand side where a pipe with the open end had been put into the watercourse and run down toward the front so to bring the water from his place and out side, all onto to my place.
jack. - 12-Oct-16 @ 3:38 AM
Stevie1978 - Your Question:
I'm looking for some advice 're the above.For the past 4 months we have had some real problems with a neighbour.We are in a housing association property.Our daughter's are 8 and 16.The family this is regarding consists of a married couple and a son (13). The son has history of beating up younger children. He follows our daughter's around calls them names, threatens them. However, obviously no concrete proof.The couple have threatened our girls.We have reported the problems to our housing association, the local anti social behaviour officer and the police. Nothing is being done even with log sheets and video evidence.Yesterday things came to a head. The child made our daughter's cry at the local park. I tried asking him why he does it he ran to a nearby house crying. Therefore, now I look like the bully and no doubt I will get a letter from the housing association.What do we do as no one will help us.

Our Response:
Can you try and talk to the parents? If you're unhappy with the actions of the police or the housing association, consider making a complaint to the IPCC or the Housing Ombudsman.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Sep-16 @ 12:23 PM
I'm looking for some advice 're the above. For the past 4 months we have had some real problems with a neighbour. We are in a housing association property. Our daughter's are 8 and 16. The family this is regarding consists of a married couple and a son (13). The son has history of beating up younger children.He follows our daughter's around calls them names, threatens them.However, obviously no concrete proof. The couple have threatened our girls. We have reported the problems to our housing association, the local anti social behaviour officer and the police. Nothing is being done even with log sheets and video evidence. Yesterday things came to a head.The child made our daughter's cry at the local park.I tried asking him why he does it he ran to a nearby house crying.Therefore, now I look like the bully and no doubt I will get a letter from the housing association. What do we do as no one will help us.
Stevie1978 - 18-Sep-16 @ 7:16 PM
My niebour is making my life hell, she no's I suffer from ptsd add and manic bipolar and I am a nervous wreck a can't even go to.the shop now am.that scared. I need help.
Shellyx - 13-Sep-16 @ 1:32 AM
nancy - Your Question:
My local council tell me, it is not their prerogative to cut back their weeds invading my garden,and fence.It is surely their responsability to look after the park?i have asked them to cut back the ivy that is forcing its way through the slats of the fence,the cost of repairing the fence would be astronomical,as it is a good qualty fencing.Iam 82yrs of age,and a widow on her own,tryin to maintain my home ect, on a state pension.what do I do?icant do it,i have emphysema,and get very breathless doing very mundane jobs please can you advise me what steps to take yours truly Y Moram

Our Response:
No it is not really their responsibility - you can, as a neighbour, cut back (or ask a voluntary organisation if you cannot do so yourself) to cut any growth back as far as the boundary. Depending on the the type of weeds, sometimes, if they are causing problems on your side of the boundary, it can amount to a nuisance which you can report to the Environmental Health Department of your local council who can pursue legal action. Take a look at this guide for more information on the Weeds Act 1959.
ProblemNeighbours - 1-Aug-16 @ 10:54 AM
my local council tell me, it is not their prerogative to cut back their weeds invading my garden,and fence.It is surely their responsability to look after the park?i have asked them to cut back the ivy that is forcing its way through the slats of the fence,the cost of repairing the fence would be astronomical,as it is a good qualty fencing. Iam 82yrs of age,and a widow on her own,tryin to maintain my homeect, on a state pension.what do i do?icant do it,i have emphysema,and get very breathless doing very mundane jobs please can you advise me what steps to take yours truly YMoram
nancy - 31-Jul-16 @ 12:29 PM
hi we have small parking section for 12 flat to share. one house take 2 parking space and make my space smaller. they don't care and housing association doesn't care or do anything about it. anything I can do about this ? these people very aggressive and also drugs user
faraz - 20-Jun-16 @ 2:38 PM
A - Your Question:
My neighbor is not on a water meter and constantly has his outside tap/hose connected and running, even if we have had rain. This continually floods my garden. Anglian water can not help, can you point me in the right direction to stop this, my garden is ruined.

Our Response:
Have you asked your insurance company for advice? You might be able to take legal action?
ProblemNeighbours - 16-Jun-16 @ 2:38 PM
My neighbor is not on a water meter and constantly has his outside tap/hose connected and running, even if we have had rain. This continually floods my garden. Anglian water can not help, can you point me in the right direction to stop this, my garden is ruined.
A - 15-Jun-16 @ 3:43 PM
Qwerty - Your Question:
I have recently had my girlfriend moved in with me and we have an active relationship. Our neighbour, now on two occasions has asked us to be quieter during our intimate times. Once posting an Allen key through the door with a note saying to tighten the bed which we proceeded to take heed of, and second asking if my girlfriend could be quieter. Is that something that could be taken further as a noise complaint? I'm not out to offend people but surely we should not be expected to change our ways to suit others almost as if our relationship is dictated by a neighbour!

Our Response:
If your noise is peristentn and is sufficient to disturb a neighbour during what would normally be accepted as sleeping hours then Environmental Health will be obliged to investigate if a complaint is made.
ProblemNeighbours - 29-Feb-16 @ 10:23 AM
I have recently had my girlfriend moved in with me and we have an active relationship. Our neighbour, now on two occasions has asked us to be quieter during our intimate times. Once posting an Allen key through the door with a note saying to tighten the bed which we proceeded to take heed of, and second asking if my girlfriend could be quieter. Is that something that could be taken further as a noise complaint? I'm not out to offend people but surely we should not be expected to change our ways to suit others almost as if our relationship is dictated by a neighbour!
Qwerty - 26-Feb-16 @ 9:08 AM
I have a neighbour who makes up stories like I have dementia, because I'm 74 years old and a widow, trouble is the other neighbours believe her. I have no family alive I'm all alone. she is such a liar, I'm not the brain of Britain, but I'm not an idiot, she has only behaved since my husband died. so whatever I say people look at me and think is that true or is she mad, any ideas on how I can prove I'm sane , she has even got to my Church,and they are treating me with gentle hands why do these people take these liberties with widow's and o a p 's I manage my money and dont have money problems. I hate being treated like I'm stupid I worked all my life to have a decent pension. Neighbours think I'm on social security. why am I so intereresting OR why are they so noseywish they would get a hobby and leave me alone
chrissy - 9-Nov-15 @ 4:39 PM
My neighbour initially befriended me when I moved in.He was always making conversation, until one day he just stopped talking to me.After a few weeks of this I asked him why? What had I done? Had I upset him?WELL the list was endless, he became aggressive shaking his fist at me.And I had no idea :(I said sorry I had upset him and that I thought with much of what he had said he had the wrong end of the stick.I have worked with people in the past with mental health problems and so realised that this was his problem.I had done something wrong in his eyes but I don't think that was one of the reasons in what seemed an endless list. Anyway one of the problems that we now have is that he has been making the bank on the road (which is not on his property) higher.He has been using used cat litter to do this.I am very carful that my Chickens don't get out but occasionally they do.They are only bantams and I'm very aware of where they are all the time.I'm the most attentive neighbour I don't let anything I do affect others in a derogatory way if at all possible.Cat litter kills chickens so if they get it in their crop which is where the food sits in their throat when they eat it, it swells up and ultimately kills them. Just now they got out and before I had a chance to open they gate to retrieve them they ate some.I have taken action and made a very watery porridge to hopefully give them enough liquid to was it out the crop. He has also poisoned my hedge in the past.We have a small lane between us and it grew out an inch over what I suppose was his ideal for the hedge.I tell you I am so carful that I don't let the hedge grow longer than what I think is his ideal that I have become obsessively frightened about what he will do to it.I love my garden :(I also have a dry stone wall that seems to be crumbling more than normal.Now I may just be becoming paranoid and it's really just weathering but it looks like club hammer damage. He has also stuck metal spikes by the hedge bank of grass on his side apart from on the part where he parks.We never park in the lane only on our own property, even so I think he does it incase we do want to park there. Shall I just bang my head against a brick wall and be unhappy in my lovely old house that I am blessed to have.What can I do to be happy here? How do you ignore badly behaved neighbours without reporting them?He wont talk he just turns his back on me.
Amy - 30-Jul-15 @ 8:09 PM
@eyeball. A tre owner has responsibility for maintaining it. This does not mean they must actively take measures to look after it but if someone is injured or property is damaged they could be liable. You could try a claim off your household insurer for the damage to the fence. They in turn will claim from the council's insurance.
ProblemNeighbours - 19-Jun-15 @ 12:05 PM
My property borders with the local primary school which I own the boundary fence, on the other side in the school grounds is a 7ft hawthorn bush which is damaging my fence, it gets cut by the local council every one to two years. It has grown through my fence in many places and is also intruding into my properties flat roof. I am unable to get to the bush to cut it back from my property and the school refuses me permission to enter the school out of term time to cut it back. Who is responsible for the damage caused and cutting it back?
Eyeball - 15-Jun-15 @ 5:51 PM
A white line has appeared outside my girlfriends house .She his having trouble with her neighbour below she lives in a rented council flat and cannot park on a (shared driveway) as the neighbour has bought a car and parked in the middle of the driveway .The neighbours nephew comes weekly and parks on the grass which he is not supposed to do as per her contract .This has been going on for over a year and she has been to the council and been told they can re-house her but she has spent a lot of money doing the flat up and does not want to move any suggestions cheers
sharpz62 - 23-May-15 @ 5:12 PM
My neighbour has been harassing me and other neighbours since she moved in to h/a property in 2007. Two neighbours have moved because of her behaviour, threats and intimidation. I actually stood my ground and with the help of police got her taken to court where she was found guilty of harassment to my family. She was given community service, curfew, fined and a restraining order issued this was in 2011. Since then our lives have been hell she regularly calls housing, police, environmental health, social services making false allegations against me. She has erected a 13ft fence in the back garden that is attached to my fence which she did not ask permission to do. She throws rubbish on my property and let's her kids run all over my property. She harasses other neighbours who talk to me and our housing will not do anything and police just say she has a chemical imbalance!! This lady is smart and plays on mental health and is making our lives hell! She let's her kids run round and bang loudly at all hours even after 11pm etc. I've spoken to citizens advice who say they can't help I've asked my housing to move me on a management move like the other neighbour did bit they refuse!. The woman even intimidates my kids and trys to attack them with her buggy and then reports false allegations to police she is twisted!She regularly we also out in front of my car or spits at our feet pulls faces glares and stares at us evilly! She watches every move we make if we come out our door she comes out, if we knock our neighbours door she opens her window and watches! She was moved from her previous address for doing the same thing and housing refuse to move her or will not deal with her!
frustrated 1 - 30-Mar-15 @ 11:57 AM
@Pink. This kind of behaviour should be reported to the police - they're the only ones that can really act in cases of vandalism and anti social behaviour.
ProblemNeighbours - 3-Feb-15 @ 2:27 PM
We have moved into a new build property 2 years back and ever since have faced issues. Rough teenagers are seen disturbing our neighbours who is himself in police. Several incidents of theft thake place. Now my two topiary plants gets stolen from the front of my house. I need to raise issues as I am finding this place increasingly disturbing and unsecured. I am worried that something will befall our family. I have invested z lot in this house and will be financially wrecked if we have to leave the house. Could you suggest how we can nip the bud before it gets worst.
Pink - 30-Jan-15 @ 11:58 PM
@gilly. This is not an issue for an estate agent. Does she have a landlord? Can you complain to him/her? Is your home a council property? Have you tried writing to them? If they are committing criminal damage then of course you should have contact the police on a non-emergency number.
ProblemNeighbours - 19-Jan-15 @ 12:25 PM
since may 2014 my neighbour as harried me and my family by pulling sky cable threw wall beaking box dog mess on car we have a shared path the fence is ours she as nailed wood on my fence blocks the path removed the entry door no fence to keep her dog on her property as this is a shared access it barks all day goes for us through the fence her estate agent will not do a thing
gilly - 16-Jan-15 @ 8:05 AM
@GEM. Neighbours like this are hard to deal with, but you should tell them about your plans (you do not want to become like them after all!) Remind them that they cannot attach anything to your wall - under common law an owner has a right not to have his property damaged by someone else. If the wall is actually a party wall- then the Party Wall Actapplies.
ProblemNeighbours - 27-Nov-14 @ 11:59 AM
My neighbour attached a fence by drilling it to our wall without informing us nor asking our permission.They never are courteous to us and never tell us if they are about to have builders and once put up scaffolding on our property across our garden path blocking access down the side of the house! I intend to change our wall at some point and wondered if I need to tell them first as the fence Is now attached to our wall? Nightmare
GEM - 26-Nov-14 @ 5:31 PM
@sufferingfromneighbours. There are laws to protect you from noisy and nuisance neighbours - the Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993 and the AntiSocial Behaviour Act. You do have to be prepared for a lengthy investigation from the Environmental Health Dept and to provide evidence and possibly a noise diary when requested. Bear in mind that these departments are also often very busy and so may not always be able to act immediately.
ProblemNeighbours - 28-Oct-14 @ 11:53 AM
Hi Is there plans to finally help desperste people who are on the receiving end of excessive noise, plus being in a new build under a housing association; why does the law (as recognised!) fails to provide a safe peaceful house, allowing people to exploit this. It's always been a problem then landlords cant cant because the LAW holds them back. Very wrong Suffered years of this and also know many who have
Sufferingfromneighbo - 26-Oct-14 @ 10:32 AM
My entire street is very tidy except for the area in front o my next door neighbour. The area in front of the property looks like a jungle - people get confused thinking this is an abandoned property with overgrowing weeds and bushes. On the top of this there is a really old non functional car with missing wheels that has been parked there (presumably for years). I am new to the neighbourhood and we are renovating our driveway that borders with the neighbour's jungle. The neighbour is old and have lived there for many years (20+). I don't know if anyone else has complained about this but I don't want to build a negative relationship with the neighbour. I just don't know how to point it out politely since I am the new person. We have spent a lot of money on renovating the property, our garden and driveway as we want to uplift its value. With the jungle next door this definitely makes a bad impression. What do I do?
north_londoner - 24-Sep-14 @ 2:26 PM
@debbo. You could try contacting your environmental health department, especially if the animals are entering your property. Are the pets well cared for? If not, then the RSPCA could take action under the Animal Welfare Act. Other than those options, unless they are renting (in which case you could approach their landlord), there is not a great deal you can do. We hope you have some luck with your local environmental health department.
ProblemNeighbours - 5-Aug-14 @ 11:12 AM
Hi, I am after advise on my neighnours but firstly I have to say its not that I dont like animals I do like animals. We live in a terraced house where there is a passageway between us and our neighbours. As you can imagine the rear gardens are not wide and about 60 foot in length. What I want to ask is "how many animals can you keep in that area". At the present they have 6 cats, 4 dogs that bark quite alot, 2 cockerals, 8 laying chickens (which are kept in a make shift pen), there are about 8 cages with small animals in rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc there are cages with ducks/ducklings in. As you can image the noise from the cockerals the chicken laying eggs let alone the smell in this heat the top of the garden is a no go area. We have had to keep our patio doors closed as their cats have come into thehouse got onto work surfaces and eaten food its a nightmare and as for cat fouling we have had to leave the borders in thegarden to overgrow so they have nowhere to foul even though we have got cat scarers but theyhave decided to use our gravel driveway to foul we have used everything possible to deter them. We have tried to speakto the neighbours without joy any ideas please !!!!!
debbo - 2-Aug-14 @ 1:57 PM
@Tudor. Sounds like a complex set of things you have to deal with there. If you have a council or housing association property, maybe their neighbour team could help? They may even be able to get social services involved with your neighbour if the police have not been helpful.
ProblemNeighbours - 18-Jul-14 @ 11:13 AM
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