Many neighbours will naturally have different values or opinions and sometimes this can cause problems. We need to remember though, we all have a right to live our lives and part of being a good neighbour is about allowing some give and take.
How can I resolve problems with my neighbour?
Step one: Try talking
Most people do not realise they are causing a problem and are reasonable if approached in person. So why not try talking to the person/people responsible for whatever is causing you a problem.
However, if your neighbour is unreasonable, leave the discussion.
Step Two: Mediation
If after listening to each other’s views, you’re unable to reach an agreement, mediation might be of help to you. It’s an informal, confidential and independent service available to help neighbours sort out their differences and reach an agreement. Mediators are experienced in dealing with a range of disputes including noise, behaviour of young people/visitors, fences and boundaries, parking spaces, rubbish.
They can help you and your neighbour(s) understand each other’s point of view and reach a solution by:
- Setting ground rules for discussions
- Making sure the views of both sides are heard
- Suggesting ways forward
Everyone involved is spoken to separately first of all and then a meeting is arranged with all parties. Meetings work best face-to-face, so if you’re worried about meeting your neighbour(s), you can take someone with you, or the mediator may be able to act as a go-between. A neutral venue can be arranged for the meeting, so that both parties can feel comfortable when they meet up.
Agreements that are made can be verbal or written down. Although, they aren’t legally-binding, both parties are likely to stick to an arrangement that they’ve worked out and which they’ve freely signed up to.
What can WCHG do if things don't improve?
We’re committed to promoting a safe and secure environment so that all residents can live peacefully in the community and we’ll work positively with all relevant agencies to achieve this outcome. Please contact us with any questions. We’ll let you know that we’ve received your report and help you understand what options are available.