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Old 15-02-2013, 19:39
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Unsurprisingly at that price, and in quite an ordinary area, it's still for sale ~ link
I can't help thinking that despite the 'make-over', the roots of that growth must have damaged the structure in some way. I could be wrong of course.
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Old 15-02-2013, 19:53
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I was ready to defend Mr Mould, but then I saw the photo. I can understand the neighbours being pissed off, it does look awful.
Ditto .. I thought what house and then saw the arrow to it Feel sorry for the neighbours
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Old 15-02-2013, 20:02
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Mr Mould? lol.
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Old 15-02-2013, 22:33
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Certain degrees of consideration and obligations to neighbours are involved here. Were I a prospective buyer
for a house either side - Then upon viewing I would no longer be interested if it meant living next door to that.

We have just lived through years of a similar problem
with our immediate neighbour who thinks all of her trees
are wonderful - While their huge roots break up our concrete drive, paths lawn and unsightly thick moss
covers all of the roof tiles.
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Old 15-02-2013, 23:14
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Spot on. If some jobsworth from the council tells me to get rid of my ivy then they'd get told, in no uncertain terms, to go away and don't come back.
That's probably what the owner of that house said, it hasn't got him far though has it.
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Old 15-02-2013, 23:22
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Mr Mazer Aqbal, the council's planning officer , is correct in issuing his housing fatwa.
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Old 15-02-2013, 23:24
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Me.....I would sneak out in the night and put a load of weed killer around his house
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Old 16-02-2013, 08:54
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How odd - the OP has decided the house is no longer up-market.

I wonder what made him change his mind.
Probably to discourage inane and off topic comments dragging the thread off course

Mr Mazer Aqbal, the council's planning officer , is correct in issuing his housing fatwa.
Very drole.........
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:01
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Actually from a novelty/ artistic point of view i think it looks pretty cool. Would I want to live next door to it?... probably not.
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:02
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It seems a bit disingenuous to suggest he's being told to "remove the ivy from the front of his house".

The house looks like a shit-tip and he's been told to clean it up, including removing the ivy.

Good.
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:07
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Well i know when I go looking for a new house to buy, I inspect the neighbours.

I look in the bins to see what they eat and how much alcohol they drink.

I check on their reading material.

I sniff clothes for signs of drug use and smoking.

Gardens have to be neat and tidy. No barking animals. Peace and quiet.

Houses have to look like houses.

And what do you do when your deadly dull neighbours sell their houses and porn-reading, dope-smoking, dog-owning, garden-neglecting booze-hound party animals move in?
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:11
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We had Ivy in our garden and even 3 years after removing it and paving over we still get shoots coming up between the slabs!

We allow ivy to grow over a section of fence and the back of the garage, but cut it right back every couple of years. It's a great habitat for wildlife, sloworms live in it and they're endangered, and in winter the fruit is an important food source for birds.

I think that chap has let it go a bit far though. When it gets really established, it starts creeping through little gaps and grows inside!
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:12
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Actually from a novelty/ artistic point of view i think it looks pretty cool. Would I want to live next door to it?... probably not.
the ivy at the back of my house goes over the shed [which i like], up and along the wall to the fascia, including the bathroom, landing and now beginning the third window along, i think it looks nice but i don`t think the neighbours have the same eye.
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:12
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His house. His choice. Unless it is providing a risk to his neighbours property, or causing a nuisance, tough.
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:13
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Well i know when I go looking for a new house to buy, I inspect the neighbours.

I look in the bins to see what they eat and how much alcohol they drink.

I check on their reading material.

I sniff clothes for signs of drug use and smoking.

Gardens have to be neat and tidy. No barking animals. Peace and quiet.

Houses have to look like houses.
I'm intrigued....how do you actually manage to do all that ?

What would you say by way of explanation if a householder caught you sniffing around in their dustbin ?
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:23
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We allow ivy to grow over a section of fence and the back of the garage, but cut it right back every couple of years. It's a great habitat for wildlife, sloworms live in it and they're endangered, and in winter the fruit is an important food source for birds.

I think that chap has let it go a bit far though. When it gets really established, it starts creeping through little gaps and grows inside!
i have it along the ground down the bottom of my garden, looks quite nice in the frost.

http://imageshack.us/f/12/ivye.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/f/515/ivy2i.jpg/

http://imageshack.us/f/443/ivy3f.jpg/
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:34
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Imagine the scene if the council take enforcement and come and cut it all down...

... and there's no house underneath, at all!!!!
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:35
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I don't a bit of ivy on the front of a house but that's just ridiculous.
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Old 16-02-2013, 09:51
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It's camouflage gone mad! I cannot imagine what it's done to the cement between the bricks, the house could fall down.

I prefer virginia creeper myself, beautiful in the autumn.
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Old 16-02-2013, 10:06
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I was being earnest.
Stud, ignore the bleeding hearts. You sound pretty darned sensible to me. Neighbours can be a complete nightmare, so any research is time and effort well spent.
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Old 16-02-2013, 10:15
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Stud, ignore the bleeding hearts. You sound pretty darned sensible to me. Neighbours can be a complete nightmare, so any research is time and effort well spent.
Except snooping in their bins is probably illegal, so careful you don't get arrested. I'm also intrigued to know how you get to examine the contents of prospective neighbours' bookshelves before you move into an area.
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Old 16-02-2013, 10:31
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Except snooping in their bins is probably illegal, so careful you don't get arrested. I'm also intrigued to know how you get to examine the contents of prospective neighbours' bookshelves before you move into an area.
go and knock for a cup of snobbery?
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Old 16-02-2013, 11:31
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I think it looks alright, in fact I think we should all let our houses go native.
Maybe not let it cover the windows and stuff but, it looks cool!

Maybe there isn't a house there anymore, maybe the inside is as covered as the out.

Or maybe he has the nosiest, intrusive neighbors and he's let it get that way as a protest.

I bet in summer, every time they turn a room light on there is one loud collective thud on the window as a million moths converge all at once.
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Old 16-02-2013, 11:51
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I see nothing wrong with ivy, it makes a property look better imo but this guys house is ridiculous.
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Old 16-02-2013, 11:55
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It's that old 'it's my land I'll do what I want attitude' spouted by eccentrics, crap DIYers and would be extension builders everywhere. Unfortunately for them they can't.
Yep. Inconsiderate buggers that need to learn that they live in a community.
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