This neighbour dispute had gone on for 12 months prior to using the Restorative approach to try and make things better.
It involved two families who live on a general let scheme and live next door to each other in semi-detached properties. One party were a couple in their early 50’s and the other a couple in the mid 30’s but with three children in the age range of 6 to 17.
The complaints were substantial in terms of incident diaries and letters but evidentially very poor in terms of the nature of the complaints and evidence available.
The difference in lifestyle and noise was one of the issues. However, the main issue was that one family left their bin out the front of their property and the other parked their car too close to the other’s door (hence the bin).
Both agreed to an RJ conference to try and find some common ground and improve matters.