This morning we received a letter in the post from the Doncaster council enforcement officer, apparently, our dogs barking is causing a nuisance. Usual council blurb, then thinly veiled threats of courses of action if there is evidence bla bla bla....
So let me put my side of it to you all - We live on a newish (10yr old) housing estate, bought our house off-plan and over the last ten years lived in it for five years split equally with a five year gap living in the south. We know most of the closest residents and most seem a friendly bunch. We live in an end terrace town house, middle owners have bought a Bedlington and its a pet not a working dog (it's actually turned their garden to bomb site as its so bloody bored) - naturally my dogs (lab and Patterdale) have taken offence to the newcomer and voice their opinions every time it walks out their back-door (their dog voices it's own opinions at all hours). The house the other end of our row is empty and as we back onto a old farm stables, we've had to contact the estranged owners as we have a rat problem coming through from the empty dwelling.
Other side of us is a block of two houses - the closest are new residents, they are a young couple with a 1yr old and a spaniel. He sits out the back most evenings and smokes weed and in the summer we have had to close our windows as it fills our house. She never (and I mean never) leaves the house ever. They never say hello (since they moved in - they are both in their twenties he early, her late twenties if not early thirties. The only comments we've had from them ever is about us having three cars (4x4, wife's run-around and my comp car) none if which cause a parking issue or anything like that. Their spaniel when in their garden runs up and down our fence winding up our dogs. I should also add that in the closest 10 houses at least half have dogs that all make noise...
now for the area, I'm a southerner and I've lived in some rough places but Mexborough is probably the worst (recent canabis sting on our estate and burned out cars are the norm). Across the back of the next set if terraced houses is home to two druggies that regularly have the plod around for everything from raids to returning their 3yr old from the town centre. Personally we've experienced stolen post, stolen washing off the line, stolen ornaments from the gardens front and rear , car damage, kids being verbally abused by of kids off the estate as we school them in the next town over where is a lot nicer and the list goes on.
Since having the dogs at the property for almost three years we've never had a complaint before, we've had no more thefts from the rear garden where they are, and no rats / intruders to the rear. The dogs go mad when we arrive home for five minutes (like they all do) but they will go mad if someone tries to take a look over the fence or tries the side gate. All of which I want them to do.
Lastly, the dogs are in every evening before six until 7am.
I really do feel like asking the enforcement officer to come and talk to me but I fear it may not do any good, our house is up for sale and we want to get the hell out of dodge..
Deeply annoyed, any advice from people who have been in similar situations would be appreciated!
apologies for the no of edits - iPhone !