'Sort out neighbour disputes yourself'

A NEW campaign is encouraging south Oxfordshire residents to sort out more neighbourhood disputes themselves, before contacting the authorities. Friends Across the Fence has been set up by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils to offer advice to those affected by their neighbours’ behaviour. The scheme gives residents advice on both councils’ websites. It suggests speaking to those involved as a first step, but then directs residents to the appropriate authorities, including housing associations, councils and police. The campaign also gives tips on how to avoid falling out with your neighbours in the first place. Bill Service, SODC cabinet member for community safety, said: “We are really keen for residents to find friendly resolutions to their problems, but where they can’t it’s important they know where to turn.”

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