March 16th 2009 The final hearing results were that the claim was dismissed. The judge did overturn Judge Griggs' view that there was no contract, which means that the claim was valid and I can ask for expenses.
- Stop using the water. Already sorted
- Remove the extension. Bad wording on my part. The judge pointed out that the contract only required that they disconnect their extension, not remove it. He decided that it would not be in neighbourly interests to do more as the pipe was shortened, capped and buried. I think he actually said, given May Gurney's quote of some £1200 that it wasn't financial prudent to expect them to do more.
- Pay £60 for excess waterJudge pointed out that I didn't provide any evidence of the water use. Although I did have at the hearing they should have been provided at the start of the claim.
- Was awarded the £70 cost for getting the police incident reports. Judge went o great lengths to explain to the Townsend's that their attempts to colour me were inappropriate and a waste of time.
January 8th 2009 Have a directions hearing at 11:05 Monday 12th.
Yesterday I drained the water from the pipe in anticipation of Craig Townsend working on capping 'his' extension. The amount of water I extracted from the tap before it emptied was about 45lt, not the best part of 400lt as I was expecting, suggesting that any leak is just before the pipe enters our land proper.
Obvious places of concern are a) where the pipe goes under the track and b) the extension and t-junction just before it leaves the Townsend property.
Today at approx 11am I was invited to see the capping, that Craig did to the Townsend's extension, outside the shed. From what I could tell the work was tidy and there was no leak on first inspection.
I was hoping to ensure he covered it over properly, but he left to get sand and didn't want me to stay on the land. I returned, but Craig told me the sand had been laid and wouldn't allow for me to measure the position of the pipe nor its angle towards the mains, from which would I could have estimated of the position of the junction.
On the water leakage
By time I had turned the tap off some of the recorded 419.8 litres were lost or stored (328.0572 - 327.6379). However the fact remains that the pipeline is full and if it isn't used for a few weeks or a month I may be able to estimate the position of the leak.
That's right, not Microsoft Office, nor even My Office. The mice have taken over. I should have paid more attention to Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
The security. They use clothes and paperwork for bedding and feed on hazelnuts, poppy heads, apples and potatoes.
Some years ago, they managed to get almost 30 potatoes into the sound hole of a sub-woofer speaker. How they did it I don't know as they had to get then out of a box, push them over the floor and up some few inches to the hole. I still can't work out how they did it but here's the picture.
and here's what I extracted from the speaker ??? and no, they are not small potatoes. That's a full size coal sack they are upon, the largest potatoes was some four inches.
The battle recently is as follows:
|Date / Time||Caught||Escaped|
|23-27 Oct||I'm Away||~ ~ ~ ~ ?|
|30 Oct||0||~ ~~ ~|
|2 Nov 03:02||0|
|4 Nov 01:16||0|
|5 Nov 02:57||0|
|6 and 7 Nov||I'm away||~ ~ ~ ~|
|8 Nov 03:02||0|
|10 Nov -00:32||0|
|13 Nov -02:03||0|
|19 Nov||Not back till 6am||~ ~ ~ ~|
|21 Nov -05:38||0|
|22~23 Nov||Not at home||~ ~ ~ ~|
|29~30 Nov||Not at home||~ ~ ~ ~|
|05 Dec 00:16||Not back till 00:16am||~ ~ ~ ~|
January 2009 Wed 7th and Fri 9th I received visits from the LPA and the County Land Agent respectively. Details to follow.
December 2008 I submitted a PNA on 18th December to erect a building as an alternative toreplacing the caravan.
This year the WPB has returned. I was hoping that last autumn's dose of caradonicide was going to last a bit longer, but the buggers are trying to chew away at the roots of the common sensibilia again.
As before a coating of LUC is being applied, whilst I await the emergence of last years maggots. The multi-headed parasite has enormous potential for regrowth and putting on a new face, but it is readily distinguised from its cousin 'the greater authoritarian slug' by its regular forays into daylight.
More news on this voracious predator will be available on the main elf website.