Neigh­bour dis­pute res­o­lu­tion works

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Hedge wars have re­duced dras­ti­cally in Dé­nia since the lo­cal po­lice started up an in­for­mal me­di­a­tion ser­vice where neigh­bours are en­cour­aged to talk to, rather than de­nounce each other. In the last three months, spe­cial­ist res­i­dent con­flict of­fi­cers have in­ter­vened in 15 dis­putes, all of which have been re­solved to the sat­is­fac­tion of both par­ties.

The me­di­at­ing of­fi­cer acts as a 'neu­tral ref­eree' and en­cour­ages each side of the ar­gu­ment to 'talk and lis­ten', says Juan Antonio Tous, one of the team.

He says the ma­jor­ity of neigh­bour dis­putes re­late to noise, use of pub­lic or shared spa­ces, fail­ure to keep plots or gar­dens tidy and clean, bound­ary dis­agree­ments, and young peo­ple or chil­dren hav­ing rows.

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