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    Posted By: philedgeDont know what the law says but if the highways want a retaining wall for their road, Id leave them to sort it out. If they have put cones out then they are aware of the road condition and I'd be pretty sure they would now be responsible for keeping the road in a safe state from now on.

    The trouble is that it transpires that the wall is not a retaining wall but rather a boundary wall owned by the OP and damaged by misuse of the road so I doubt that the road authority will be keen to spend money on it without some pressure.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2018
     
    I suspect it will all get murky quite quickly if anybody pokes the issue. The road can expect support from the adjacent land, which is Carol's, so if the road subsided because it didn't get that support and that also caused the wall to collapse, then there could be an argument for Carol to put everything right. But if the arrangement is as old as everybody thinks things may be different. And Carol has previously requested a weight restriction but whether that is strong enough evidence to place an onus on the council to now rebuild the wall is another question. So maybe best to let sleeping dogs lie, as other landowners have done previously.

    Consulting a solicitor is an obvious next step, but expensive. The Garden Law forum is free but not necessarily reliable advice, like here. Other possibilities might be the Citizens Advice Bureau or Which? Legal or similar, I suppose.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2018
     
    I think I would just wait.

    If sections of the wall owned by neighbours have been down for awhile you could ask them if they have been approached to fix it but that's all I'd do at the moment.

    If highways have put up tape already they clearly know about it.
    • CommentAuthorphiledge
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2018 edited
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: Peter_in_Hungary</cite><blockquote>
    The trouble is that it transpires that the wall is not a retaining wall but rather a boundary wall owned by the OP and damaged by misuse of the road so I doubt that the road authority will be keen to spend money on it without some pressure.</blockquote>
    I dont really understand what has collapsed as it started out as a 10M sheer wall and seems to have morphed into wooded bank topped with a 4.5 ft wall. Either way if theres highways cones at the top, I'd just make the garden safe and wait for the highways engineers to turn up and see what they have say. I wouldnt mention ownership of anything and just see what everyone else has to say
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