I think the reference to the car was an automated response. It didn’t come from me. I apologise.
This is indeed a substantial obstruction and if you went to court to get this removed, it is most unlikely that the court would not grant an order for the lock to be removed.
If there are 10 properties involved, get a solicitor to act for all 10 properties and it would spread the cost between all of you.
Unfortunately, if any of the properties do not contribute to any legal bill, they still get the benefit without having had the burden.
Certainly, for emergency services, they would not wait for the gate to be unlocked and it’s likely that the fire brigade would simply cut the lock off. Nonetheless, it is a substantial obstruction.
My suggestion would be to get a solicitor to write giving them 7 days to remove the lock failing which you will make an emergency application to court for an injunction to make them remove the lock and you will ask the court to award costs against them.
From the facts that you have told me, they would be stupid not to comply to the request from the solicitor.
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