Ok here goes. I live rural and for some 15 years our Council services have slid into decline. Amongst these lost services are the Drain men, who used to clean out our gullies and culverts. Since we live at the bottom of a hill, we are dependant on the 5 drains above us on the hill, removing rain water, particularly during storms, or else we get flooded. I myself have, since the disappearance of the Council (or rather WS Atkins via council) blokes, cleaned out blocked drains for nigh on 15 years.
Following our house being flooded,and subsequent inability to get insurance, I contacted the Council to appraise them of the neccesity to do the work, and have a log of the number of calls I made over the years.
Pi***d off last year I sent them a bill for my labour £1200 for 14 years,then following repeat demands to them to pay me, and them treating it as a joke, I withheld Council tax and was taken to court.
Despite publicity, and support from the magistrates, I was fined and forced to pay.
I am now therefore going to issue a claim against them in small claims, for the amount outstanding, and their failure to do work which is their responsibility, and therefore putting the security of my home and posessions at risk.
I have an idea of the correct tack, but if any one has any ideas as to best route I'd love to hear them.
My hope is they will be as cavalier as before and fail to respond or defend, and this then becomes proved by default, as with well publicised actions against banks.
Oh I just sent my letter to HSBC for my charges. War on 2 fronts - bring it on.