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Neighbour Guide: Wood Burning Stoves and Chimineas

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 23 Oct 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
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Many people in the UK have wood-burning stoves. Some houses need these for heat, whilst others use them as a decorative room feature. However the problem with wood burning stoves and chimineas is that they give off smoke as they burn.

UK Smoke Control Areas

Under the Clear Air Act of 1993 (consolidating the 1956 and 1968 Acts designed to deal with smog), local authorities can designate some areas of their region to be a 'smoke control area'. In these areas, it is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney, a furnace or any fixed boiler. It is also an offence to acquire 'unauthorised fuel' for use in a 'smoke control area'.

Are there any laws about what is burnt in a chimnea? Our neighbour seems to burn any wood that comes to hand which at times causes copious amounts of smoke, preventing my family enjoying our garden and forcing us to close our windows.

The maximum punishment for each offence is a £1000 fine. Your Local Authority will be able to advise of any 'smoke control areas' in your local region. You can find numbers to contact your local authority.

Some exempt fuels and exempt appliances can be still used in these areas. These have passed tests to ensure that they burn without producing smoke. A list of exempt fuels/appliances can be obtained here.

What About Other Relevant Legal Requirements?

There are legal requirements about the design specification and installation of wood burning appliances. This is to ensure that these are correctly ventilated to allow fuel to burn cleanly, and ensure that appliances do not release dangerous carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide into people's homes.

Manufacturers and installers of these appliances will be aware of relevant legal requirements and they will be responsible for compliance with these. However the current legal requirements for the UK can be found in Buildings Regulations Document J, Table 1.

Smoke and 'Nuisance'

Clearly, smoke blowing into your garden or house is "a nuisance", and can affect your enjoyment of your property, especially if this prevents you sitting in your garden, or opening windows. However this may also be a legal 'nuisance'.

Legally, the term nuisance refers to a legal tort, or civil wrong. It is used to describe:

  • a) An activity that is harmful or annoying for others (e.g. a smoking chimney)
  • b) The harm caused by the activity above (e.g. objectionable odour)
  • c) The legal liability that arises from the combination of (a) and (b)

You have a right to quiet enjoyment of your property. This is the same right that stops your landlord carrying out weekly inspections of their property. A legal nuisance is an act that interferes with this right (such as forcing you to close your windows or preventing you sitting in the garden). This type of nuisance is often referred to as a private nuisance.

The case of Bamford v Turnley defined private nuisance as:

"any continuous activity or state of affairs causing a substantial and unreasonable interference with a claimant's land or his use and enjoyment of that land".

I live in a UK city which has seen a great increase in the use of not only wood burning stoves but also the use of smokeless fuel. Being surrounded by 3 houses in a built up area that regularly pump out smoke and fumes, it is not a comfortable or healthy environment.

As far as I can see none of these activities tick the environmental box or consider the health implications. Do we have a legitimate cause for action?

Whether any activity constitutes a nuisance will depend on how it affects you, and the reasonableness of the activity. This will include considerations such as the time of day the activity is carried out (for example DIY is a reasonable activity, but not if it involves hammering after midnight every night).

The court will also consider the area that you live in. For example a built up area can be expected to be noisier than a rural area. The case of Cambridge Water Co Ltd v Eastern Counties Leather Plc stated that if a defendant was using their land unreasonably and causing a nuisance, they will still be liable, even if they used reasonable care to avoid doing so. The test is really if the action was unreasonable, and if the resulting nuisance was reasonably foreseeable.

Long Term Nuisance Can Become Legal

It is a defence to a nuisance claim that if a private nuisance has continued for 20 years, it becomes legal. If you have been aware of a continuous nuisance caused by your neighbour for over 20 years, you will not therefore have a claim in nuisance.

However if you moved into your Property after your neighbour was already burning wood, and so committing the nuisance, this will not be a defence according to the courts. (The 1879 case of Sturges v Bridgman states that there is no defence that the Claimant came to the nuisance).

If a court finds that a neighbour has committed a private nuisance, they can:

  1. make an award for damages (money) to be paid to you
  2. make an injunction to prevent an act being carried out

Often a private nuisance will also be an environmental nuisance (for example light pollution). You can therefore ask your Local Environmental Health Officer to attend your property and report on the conditions. This will be useful evidence in your case.

Options to Prevent a Nuisance

We have a neighbour who has a wood burning stove that frequently floods our house with fumes. Having spoken to the Local Environmental officer we are assured that the appliance conforms to the legal requirements and therefore our only redress is a civil case. As we do not have the funds to do this can you suggest an alternative?

Depending on the nuisance being caused, you may have several options to take private action. These may include:

  • taking action for statutory nuisance in the Magistrates Court
  • taking civil action to get an injunction
  • mediation

You may also apply to the Magistrates Court if, though a nuisance has currently stopped, it is likely to reoccur on the same premises.

Of course the easiest and cheapest way to address a nuisance is to speak to your neighbours. Do they realise that the smoke from their fire is blowing into your house or preventing you using your garden? Particularly in the case of outdoor fires, it may be that these could be moved to a different side of their property to prevent this problem.

Taking Your Case to Court

If you wish to take your case to court, you can get free legal advice on this from your local Citizens Advice Bureau (www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice.htm). Unfortunately free legal advice is not available through the Legal Aid scheme for this type of legal proceeding. Here are a few keys points to consider:

  • Notice of court action - You will need to provide notice of your intention to take court action (under part 7, section 82 Environmental Protection Act 1990) at least 3 days before doing so for any noise nuisance, and at least 21 days before for any other type of nuisance.
  • Fee - There is a fee for making a complaint to the Magistrates Court (approximately £24, but you can check this with your local Magistrates Court) www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/HMCSCourtFinder
  • Serve a notice on your neighbour - You will need to serve notice on the offending neighbour. You should keep a record of doing this, so many people chose to send a recorded delivery letter. Service could also be affected by a hand-delivered letter, but you would have no record to prove that this was delivered.
  • Represent yourself - You can conduct your case yourself, without legal representation if you wish to do so.
  • Be prepared -Be aware that the defendant may make counter-accusations and also call witnesses.
  • Costs - If you are successful, you may recover some or all of your costs from the other party. However if you are unsuccessful, you may be required to pay some or all of their costs.
  • Breaches of injunction - If an injunction is granted, you will need to go back to court if this is breached to enforce the order.

What evidence will you need to take your case to court?

There are no rules about what evidence you will need in court; you simply need enough evidence to prove your case. Try to make sure that for every point you make, you can back up what you are saying with evidence; it is up to you prove your case on the balance of probabilities. Any evidence you wish to rely on must however be relevant, and go to proving / disproving an element of nuisance (not simply showing that your neighbour is annoying in some other manner).

Here are a few different types of evidence you may want to obtain to support your case:

1) Photographic evidence - take pictures of the smoke blowing into your house / garden. Is soot covering your personal belongings? Take pictures of this.

2) Damaged items - if sooty smoke / ash is blowing into your house / garden, put items (e.g. teddy bears) in a plastic bag as evidence that soot is damaging your property.

3) Witness statements - as well as you giving evidence, you could ask other neighbours / friends to visit your Property and witness the problem themselves. Your witnesses must have witnessed the problem themselves however; they cannot simply give evidence that you told them there was a problem, as this is classed as 'hearsay' by the courts and won't be allowed.

4) Reports by an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) - if an EHO has visited your Property you may rely on their report or test readings. However if the report indicates a nuisance to the public at large, often the EHO will take on the case against the offending party themselves.

Note that any evidence that you wish to rely on will have to be disclosed to the other party if you take your case to court. You will therefore have to provide your neighbour with copy statements and photographs.

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There is the Clean Air Act and other laws against coal and wood burning. Only an evil psychopath can take sadistic delight poisoning the environment and making life of misery for non toxic polluters. God has set a day which is imminent to eradicate all evildoers who deliberately ruin planet earth, harm their fellowman and violate His Supreme Laws. Psalm 37.10
Standing up to lawle - 23-Oct-20 @ 7:38 PM
I have a burner but it runs my central heating ...the burner burns all to a fine dust ..and does not bellow out smoke ..i bought my home 21 yrs ago and there is no smoke polution laws on anglesey ...people next door come from a city and used to smokeless zones ...they find it brilliant fun to report my chimney fir smoke polution to enviro dept...they put me on 3 month watch ..telling neighbours to take pictures and watch us ...sick of this as were being watched now fir second 3 months ....one thing they did say ...if they report me 4 times it is THEM THAT WILL BE REPORTED ...fir harassment and reporting to many times ...oh i havent been fined for poluting ..no charges ever been found against me
Ani - 21-Oct-20 @ 10:47 PM
Wow - the comments on this page are great! Let me just get the popcorn.
John - 17-Oct-20 @ 5:12 PM
my complain is my neighbour's garden their so much waste and rubbish in the garden , they also burn waste in the garden I've got asthma and so does my daughter cant open my window from the smoke , they stay at 51 gateside Avenue g727rd.
die - 30-Sep-20 @ 3:59 PM
It is clear by Fred's minimisation, ridiculeand victimisation he has no care (pychopathic traits) for the rights of others (unlike himself) to clean air and enjoyment of their property. It is indefensible to burn wood and coal and knowingly cause a toxic and revolting stench in the environment in addition to solid fuel being carcinogenic. This is God's earth as Universal Sovereign and he will ultimately bring to ruin those who deliberately harm innocent life and ruin the planet soon as promised. Psalm 37.10.
StopCruelPolluters - 20-Sep-20 @ 10:07 PM
My neighbour recently installed a log burner and it's been horrendous. I can no longer use my garden when they have it turned on. The smell even penetrates into my home if the wind blows in our direction. I find it incredible there is no law to prevent such unnecessary toxic pollution. Far too many middle class people thinking it's trendy. A simple google search can inform anyone of the dangers of these log burners but a lack of intelligence will hamper their understanding. To be as blunt as possible, anyone installing a log burner when they have central heating is a complete moron.
SUR - 3-Sep-20 @ 11:45 AM
I suffer from asbestosis and my neighbour even in this hot time of the year burns paper during the day, emitting smoke and fumes into my conservatory’s open doors and windows which is our normal day and evening living room. We like air so windows and doors are always open, even in winter if it’s sunny and warm. She has a fire at night most days during summer, all other times it’s every day and evening. We know she burns wood that is wet and sourced scraps from skips embedded with all sorts of toxins. We can’t mediate with her as she speaks to no one, or threatens with notes through the door with legal action for anything she doesn’t like. I once got one for my 50watt outside light bothering her, it doesn’t even shine on her house.
Jimcub - 20-Aug-20 @ 1:38 PM
Fred, I totally agree with you. We should go back to using lead pipes, like in the old days, or perhaps we should use mercury to cure your syphilis.
Jenks - 10-Aug-20 @ 11:57 PM
Fred. You are the epitome of the deranged thinking that will fill COPD wards in decades to come.
Baffleditsallowed - 6-Aug-20 @ 1:45 PM
People that burn stuff are selfish pric—-ks
Sparky - 5-Aug-20 @ 11:05 PM
I don't know about you, but in my day, we weren't lilly livered little grasses who took our neighbors to court for the crime of keeping warm, cooking food and heating water! You youngsters don't know you're born. The way things are going, we'll be having to ask permission to smile. We used to look after each other, keep animals in the back yard and enjoyed the sound of the cockerel crowing of a morning, not complaining about a nice, cheerful bonfire or a jolly bit of music for a knees up in the community. You horrible people!
Fred - 1-Aug-20 @ 3:14 AM
When I burn my wood I always do it within a short walk of an A and E department. It gives one a sporting chance of not having to have ones excess buttock meat grafted onto ones member......again. This is a cautionary tale and a serving suggestion only !
Dr Juan Kingspasm - 1-Aug-20 @ 3:03 AM
It is 28 degrees and because of the utterly selfish and cruel neighbours burning coal and wood 365 days a year. I am trapped in my apartment like a greenhouse and prisoner; while they threaten to smash my windows; when I dared to speak to the culprits about the detrimental effect it is having on my health and the environment. The council so called 'environmental health'turns a wilful deaf ear and protects the polluters and the police blatantly refuse to intervene. God will ultimately hold all responsible to account.
RightToCleanAir - 26-Jun-20 @ 11:45 PM
No Shaz. Nothing. The authorities take the view that the people who are currently torturing you, diminishing your health, curtailing your share of air, are expressing their freedom. We live in a free country. Therefore, your moron next door , doing what he likes and to hell with you, is proof, is it not that we must all be free. What's going to happen, is that someday there will be someone, so unbalanced by the unfairness of all of this, that they'll snap and do a mischief to their smoky joe enemy next door. Then it will be all "shock" he must have been a "psycho" and other media epithets and hand wringing. But a state that insists on being deaf to victims protests about this scourge shouldn't really be surprised when sufferers stop abiding by a law that has forsaken them, and in desperation, take the law into their own hands. Matter of time.
Baffleditsallowed - 19-May-20 @ 4:44 PM
Neighbour next door but one. log burner flu thru garage roof. Top of flu level with my garden. Constant smoke in garden or house ..unable to sit our in early evening or in our summerhouse as we used to due to smoke and horrible smell. Our utilities are in the garage so have to go out of back door to garage and back for washing machine or anything from freezer, if we have to do this after flue. Of log burner is burning, we re enterthe house really no joke smelling like we have stood by a bonfire.. I need my windows open as I need the fresh air, I have come home before now with whole place stinking as my windows have been open and he has lit his burner. Is there anything I can do.
Shaz - 16-May-20 @ 7:52 PM
With ref to my previousletters--LOOK onlineat Exeter University reporton--Review ofair quality impactsin Devon from DomesticWoodburning ---WOW--wavethat at localcouncilenvironment dept andtheyHAVEto helpinsteadof in Torbaysittingon butts and getting paid fora job they wont do ! Plus local councillorstoo --thisreport is good enoughto take tocourt for thegreatpriviledgeof breathingclean air --not dyingslowlyofasthma/copdand lung damage caused by and madeworseby selfish neighbours --as1 hourof smokeinhaledcauseslung damage anda neghbourhas NO right tomake thatdescisionforyouOR a lazycouncil ORMP--As in TORBAY
greta - 21-Apr-20 @ 4:58 PM
Virusmakesit evenmoreimportanttostopopenfire smokeand bonfires asasthma/copdis damagetorespiratorysystemand makes virusaMUCHworseproblem as result --yet my wood fireaddicted neighbour had 3fires in 1 wk andbonfire--result is 2wks of awfulwheezy breathing--yet on thebeach police andcoastguards told peoplenot to swim in casethat causedNHSprobs ---yet asthmais far morelikely to cause that if aggravated bystinking poisonoushealth damagingwood/coalsmoke ---that 70% ofparticulates getthroughdbleglazing,staying harmful for 3wks whenyou re-inhaleharmful particulatesin your house-- no escape -we haveno smokeless zoneshere,but so-called smokelessfuelsare smellyand harmful anyway--10yearstostop globalwarming or we ALL end up withsevere breathingprobs and oxygencylinderbreathingorasthma/copdand choke to death in pollutionas in 1950 s uk before clean air act-now mild viruswill be made worseby myselfishneighbourssmokeand in hospital-after I beged himnot to havefireswhile virus here his wifeyelled atmeabusivelyrevealing herdaughterhad copd--could that possiblybe causedby theirown woodsmoke? It needs GOVto acttoprotect usfrominhaling this medievalheating habit and forciblyinhalingsuch awfullung damagingfilthy planetdamaging poisonousmuck
greta - 21-Apr-20 @ 4:17 PM
Virusmakesit evenmoreimportanttostopopenfire smokeand bonfires asasthma/copdis damagetorespiratorysystemand makes virusaMUCHworseproblem as result --yet my wood fireaddicted neighbour had 3fires in 1 wk andbonfire--result is 2wks of awfulwheezy breathing--yet on thebeach police andcoastguards told peoplenot to swim in casethat causedNHSprobs ---yet asthmais far morelikely to cause that if aggravated bystinking poisonoushealth damagingwood/coalsmoke ---that 70% ofparticulates getthroughdbleglazing,staying harmful for 3wks whenyou re-inhaleharmful particulatesin your house-- no escape -we haveno smokeless zoneshere,but so-called smokelessfuelsare smellyand harmful anyway--10yearstostop globalwarming or we ALL end up withsevere breathingprobs and oxygencylinderbreathingorasthma/copdand choke to death in pollutionas in 1950 s uk before clean air act-now mild viruswill be made worseby myselfishneighbourssmokeand in hospital-after I beged himnot to havefireswhile virus here his wifeyelled atmeabusivelyrevealing herdaughterhad copd--could that possiblybe causedby theirown woodsmoke? It needs GOVto acttoprotect usfrominhaling this medievalheating habit and forciblyinhalingsuch awfullung damagingfilthy planetdamaging poisonousmuck
greta - 21-Apr-20 @ 4:12 PM
My neighbour recently installed a wood burner onto their rear extension which adjoins my property with a gap (acting as a wind tunnel) between the first floors. My house is joined to theirs but we are about a meter higher up. The metal flue is right on the edge of their roof which adjoins my property and it does not look like it is anything near far enough from my house. It is directly in line with my bathroom and daughters window. When they light a fire thick smoke comes out with either blows into our bathroom or daughters room, or if the wind blows the other way, sends it through a wind tunnel between the properties and then it drops down over our front door. They insist is is legal and that they only burn the “best quality wood”. I contacted the council to ask for advice but they insisted I email photos. They then sent those photos to the neighbour asking them to confirm that the chimney had been fitted by a Hetas approved installer! Obviously this caused extreme tension between us and resolved nothing. They continue to light the fire (in preference to heating “because it’s getting milder now”) which means I have to run round and quickly close all my windows immediately. Even when the windows are closed the smoke comes in through our velux window trickle vents and makes our room smell like a fire that’s just been put out. Does anyone know if keeping a nuisance diary has actually worked? I’m worried about what will happen if I make a formal complaint especially when I come to see the property.
George71 - 28-Mar-20 @ 6:38 AM
I sincerely hope the government does something about this. I'm in the Cardiff area, a middle class area and all the twits around here think filling the air with particles that KILL us is trendy and hip. You can't open the window with out stinking the house up, no the smell wouldn't bother me if I knew it was harmless but it is, isn't it? These painfully middle class twits are pumping particles - the likes of which we find in the worst diesel fumes - directly in to your lungs so they can feel 'cosy.' It about sums up the state of Britain doesn't it? These people are so self absorbed, hyper individualistic and shallow. I'm politically neutral and I don't wish to take an environment stance what really concerns me is the health of myself, my children and the few neighbours around here that aren't buggers. A lot of people's lives are being shortened, some of us in this area will probably end up with serious complications down the line. I don't know where else to turn. It's shameful. Apologies for the rant it's just depressing to know people are selfish enough to pull this kind of rubbish.
Iwan - 23-Dec-19 @ 7:44 PM
I sincerely hope the government does something about this. I'm in the Cardiff area, a middle class area and all the twits around here think filling the air with particles that KILL us is trendy and hip. You can't open the window with out stinking the house up, no the smell wouldn't bother me if I knew it was harmless but it is, isn't it? These painfully middle class twits are pumping particles - the likes of which we find in the worst diesel fumes - directly in to your lungs so they can feel 'cosy.' It about sums up the state of Britain doesn't it? These people are so self absorbed, hyper individualistic and shallow. I'm politically neutral and I don't wish to take an environment stance what really concerns me is the health of myself, my children and the few neighbours around here that aren't buggers. A lot of people's lives are being shortened, some of us in this area will probably end up with serious complications down the line. I don't know where else to turn. It's shameful. Apologies for the rant it's just depressing to know people are selfish enough to pull this kind of rubbish.
Iwan - 23-Dec-19 @ 7:43 PM
A family with young children, my neighbours, burn all types of wood, treated and non permitted types included and what smells like coal or similar, regularly. I can smell and therefore I breathe, these dangerous P2.5 emissions. Having spoken with the father about my concerns and experiences living next to them during their burning, he replied, that this is not a smoke free area so he's allowed to burn and pollute our air. I explained his children are at particular risk with these types of emissions as evidenced by extensive research, yet it makes no difference to his behaviour. Within a country that speaks so loud about car and industrial emissions and becoming a carbon neutral nation within a few years, hypocritically the lawmakers simply allow this home burning behaviour to continue, unchallenged. A clear example of the inconsistency of British Law, in some areas smoke emissions are allowed and in others they're not. How can that make any sense, and how are the people, paid by our taxes, allowed to make such unfathomable inconsistent decisions? Respiratory conditions exacerbated by poor air quality, a major NHS expense, would be improved overnight if a ban on home burning at least in built up areas where burning is completely unnecessary.
Vent - 16-Nov-19 @ 2:28 AM
We discovered that the chimney between our terrace and the neighbour’s leaks when she moved in and started to have wood fires which come through the wall. She is refusing to have this fixed unless we share the cost of a liner with her which seems unfair as she is causing a hazard. It’s a very different case to smoke coming through open windows so I feel there should be clearer recourse when she knows the chimney is unlined but burns fires anyway?
Leakychimney - 8-Nov-19 @ 6:12 PM
woodsmoke is 4000times worse thansmoking and double diesel and mustbe addictivealso 70% of tiny particlesgetthroughdbleglazingand settlein house stayingharmfulfor 3 wks so yourreinhale these meaning1 wood orcoal fireevery3 wks gives lung damage assmoke causes lung damage in1hour --plusplanet pollutionand whypeople died young in past--herein torbay weve no smokeless zoneandgreedy lazy tories doing nothing and town looks 3rd world and tatty
greta - 29-Oct-19 @ 12:59 AM
Ilive inTorquayand8 yrsago hadtomove from my village as neighbour had dailywoodfiresthat blew myway --like living in a bonfire --I had good lungs with no probsbeforeshe movedin & 1st 3exposures was upsloplng garden&smoke stunkofchemicals thatmade me choke&eyes stream that went on for 1yrs severe coughing&daily woodsmoke on top leaving acrackle from my chest &on inhaler to breathe-moving twice to get away from woodburner addicts here one neighbour smokes me out&environment dpt refused helpsaying -these people may say itstheir only heating-when I said we dont live by gaslight &all have electricity &gas !They said we wont talk to you anymore -I said do the job you arepaid for but theywont & next door neighbours died of cancer&now daily smoke ,even tried cellotapeon windows !Now I will trylawyersletter to smokers and council cost £200 each pluslungdamage daily&discomfort-eventhought of living on a boat-why hasnt london mayor started ban not just talked?
greta - 29-Oct-19 @ 12:49 AM
Hi Zara 1) you move, even with the upset this causes during pregnancy. 2) buy an air quality monitorthat tells you what the situation is in your home. Combine this with when to put your air purifier on at home. Your monitor will tell you when this is safe to do so, and save running your filters on your air purifier unnecessarily. 3)and this is a biggie. Look very closely and research what your air purifier does for you. Anything that is not an I.Q. Health Pro Plus is likely to be next to uselessas it will only clear upwards of 0.3. Micrograms, whereas the I.Q. air cleans down to 0.003. This is important as it is the tiny, tiny smoke particles called p.m. 2.5 that poses you the biggest risk. P.M. 2.5 means simply Particulate Matter 2.5 micrograms and below. This is what devastates your deep lung tissue. You will hear a lot more on this in the future. You can buy an I.Q.Air health pro plus for around £900(I know, gulp) through Allergy Cosmos web site. By all means look at cheaper air purifiers too. I need at least three for my house as I have upstairs bedrooms. Good Luck. People should not be so blade with the air quality of their neighbours.
Baffleditsallowedk - 17-Oct-19 @ 2:00 PM
Hi there! I just need a quick advice regarding my neighbours wood burning chimneys, as I’m expecting and the wood smoke creates severe respiratory problem for me because my windows are open at night. The neighbour has started wood burning in early morning and evening and because of that my whole house fills with smoke and it makes me unable to breathe even after closing windows and using air purifier. I’m worried because it’s my first pregnancy and i’m unable to breathe properly most of the time because of carbon monoxide in my home. What should I do in this situation plus I don’t want any trouble with the neighbours I’m afraid of their reaction and I can’t handle any argues and fight. Thank you
Zara - 16-Oct-19 @ 8:15 AM
I'm afraid that I have put up with a problem that has now become a nusinance and I have a healthy problem. Requiring my windows to be open all the time to gain an extra flow for my machine a converter to work it must have a good outside flow of air. My neighbours have a ideathat burning doesn't effort any body. Maybe they don't realise. I have to confront them as it's recyclable garden waste. I'm unable to work but still afford our charges each year to have out brown bin filled & emptied by the council. He even has grandchildren I wonder if he knows it's causing a problem.
Zed - 7-Sep-19 @ 3:42 PM
My neighbour has a small woodburning stove in the living room yet the amount of unchopped wood he gets delivered, great big tree stumps & think branches is unbelieable. I don't mind but he sounds ages shopping it with an axe not more than 2 meters from my house. The noise & vibration is unbelievable. Yet he had a 20m garden where he could easily chop all the wood there, where he stores it. I gave told him about chopping it all up do close to the house but he just ignores me. He also chopped it up weekends and weekday evenings. Not great to come home to after a hard day at work. He is driving me crazy!
Ivanian - 18-Apr-19 @ 3:26 PM
I'd like advice please.My elderly parents neighbour has installed a single stories extension and fitted a wood burner to the back wall. Every day my parents car and garden is covered in soot and little pieces of embers. He's not interested as says it's normal.Is it ?
Caz - 18-Mar-19 @ 10:01 AM
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