What is the name of your state? California.
We have "A non-exclusive easement for ingress and egress purposes over and across the following:" (neighbor's land). There is currently an unlocked gate across our easement. Our easement is the only way onto our property, which starts about 500 feet after the gate. The gate is not part of a larger fence; it is only there to controll access to the driveway. The owner from whom the easement was secured has said she would prefer the gate to remain closed. We offered to automate the gate, since we have several friends who are wheel chair bound, and they would not be able to get out of their vehicles to open the gate. She declined the offer to automate the gate because "when it breaks people will come and bother me." We have made every attempt to mitigate her concerns. I suspect the real issue is that she regrets granting the easement in the first place. (It was not granted to us, but rather to the people from whom we bought the property). I understand her right to keep access limited, but can she deny us the ability to automate the gate?
Thanks in advance for any assistance anyone might give.