A friend found this article in the Times this week. It’s a report on a boundary dispute case. I’m not sure I fully understand what went on here as the judgement seems to have gone against the injured party. Maybe we don’t have the complete story? And this is a lesson in itself. In order to make a correct judgement, we must make every effort to get the complete story. In terms of boundary investigations this means gathering as much information as possible and understanding its worth. So many ‘so-called’ boundary surveyors make a judgement on the position of a boundary based on limited information. And many surveyors don’t seem to understand the quality or usefulness of the data they have. Recently I was involved in a case where a surveyor had based his whole report, such that it was, on scaling dimensions from Ordnance Survey maps and Google Aerial photos. It is a worry to me that the public are being poorly advised.
I would like to understand a bit more about the case mentioned above. And I would like boundary surveyors to understand how important it is to gather the correct information and understand the worth of that information in determing the correct position of a boundary.
The article also highlights the costs of getting embroiled in a boundary dispute.