Hello. I live in an end terraced house which makes up a block of four. I am the house furthest to the right when facing the front of the four properties. The house directly next to mine has a servitude right of Access over my property. This means he can walk down the right had side of my house (my drive way) and through my back garden directly into his own back garden. He does this for bins once a week (I have no problems with this), window cleaners (no problems with this also) and at other times he simply likes to use his backdoor as a front door (I have a problem with this). My deeds read as follows: "Together with a servitude right of access over those parts of the ground adjoining the subjects in this Title (provided that said adjoining ground is within the Housing Estate of which the subjects form part) for the purpose of maintaining, repairing and renewing the said dwellinghouse (including the cleaning of windows) and the boundary walls, fence and hedges subject to the said servitude right of access being exercised at a reasonable time and upon reasonable notice being given and subject to all damage being made good." The key thing I note here is that it clearly states maintenance activities, and it clearly states he should give me notice. So my question is this... I have a gate directly between my garden and his. I also have a gate on my driveway which closes off the street to the side of my property. They are both unlocked and he walks though them freely. Can I put a lock on them both (not giving him a key) and ask that when he needs to exercise his right of access (bins every fortnight, window cleaner every month) that he asks me to let him through? Would I be allowed to secure my boundary from both sides in this manner as long as I let him through whenever he asks? My circumstances have changed - I now have a family (baby girl) and a couple of small dogs who all spend a lot of time in the garden. I want our garden to be secure.
Additional info: I own my property. My neighbour who has a right of access is a council tenant.
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