>I can't imagine how anyone would feel entitled to complain of a compost heap in someone else's garden.
In fact my neighbour did, not only did I fully appreciate his point, but I relocated the heap to maintain harmony. It's not worth falling out over something as trivial as a pile of compost.
Compost heaps do attract vermin. Where this has an impact on neighbours, in areas of high-density housing for example, the most responsible course of action is to either make the heap totally impregnable to vermin, or to make other arrangements for waste-management. If this means no compost heap, then so be it. Now this might not be fashionable on an allotment forum, or in a political climate where we are being encouraged to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, but it is my considered opinion.