Operation of High Hedges Act to come under Holyrood scrutiny

Legislation aimed at addressing the frustration caused by overgrown hedges will be examined by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee.The High Hedges (Scotland) Act came into force in 2013 with the aim of resolving issues with overgrown hedges that interfere with the enjoyment of homes, gardens and local environments. The committee will examine how the legislation has operated in practice and whether this could be strengthened.

Committee convenor Bob Doris MSP, said: “While it can be a rare occurrence, overgrown hedges can be a serious nuisance – especially when they lead to disagreements or ‘hedge rage’ disputes between neighbours.

“What our committee wants to know is whether the act is working in practice. We want to hear from those with experience in this area so that we can give a considered view to the wider Parliament on whether or not the act could be improved.”

The committee has launched a call for evidence asking:

  • Has the definition of a high hedge as set out in the act proved helpful? If not, please provide details;
  • Do you have any experience of the appeals procedure as set out in the act?
  • Do you have any comments on the enforcement procedures under a high hedge notice?
  • Do you have any comments on fees and costs?
  • Overall, are there any aspects of this act which has had a positive or negative impact on your life?
  • Any other issues relating to the act which you wish to bring to the attention of the committee?
  • The closing date for receipt of submissions is Monday 20 March 2017.To submit views, find out more here

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