NEIGHBOUR DISPUTES + SECOND HOMES – EPISODE 2

Written by Graham Perry

21 June 2022

MEDIATION #245

THE OTHER SIDE SAYS

The Canons are quite different from their neighbours. Both are 45ish. He is good looking + exudes confidence. He is “something” in Finance and She is well dressed, tidy, neat + experienced in Executive Recruitment. They are without children. They work hard in London and enjoy long weekends in Wiltshire.

They are positive with a seemingly good attitude to neighbours + community. They came to the Village after months of research and it quickly became their chosen place of weekend residence. They have religious beliefs + made enquiries about the local Church + the Vicar and have not been disappointed by the sermons. The Community could be a little more welcoming but they comfort themselves in the knowledge that familiarity will ease the way forward.

They accept that noise may be a problem – they do like Classic FM + do tend to play two radios so as not to miss the ongoing programme. They accept that in the summer months they do like outside BBQ’s + have invited the Barretts over for “get-to-know” time together but have been rebuffed. The car parking problem is not a big problem and they are willing to make adjustments. In truth they are reasonable in their responses and you reflect that with the steps that the Canons will take and a modicum of goodwill from the Barratts, progress can be made and the tension reduced, even eliminated.

In fact, you an experienced mediator in neighbourhood disputes and not from the Village but a nearby town, and you wonder, as you sit at home one evening, why this has not been resolved. The Barratts are a little crochety but not significantly so and the Canons are willing to make concessions. You relax, make yourself a cup of tea and sit down to read the local newspaper and read about a Petition that is circulating to stop the sale of local properties to out-of-towners wanting a second home.

Could this be the issue? Do the Barratts resent the Canons because of the Second Home issue? The time is right for a second meeting with the Barratts. 

EPISODE 3. 22 JUNE 2022. TENSIONS REVEALED.

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