MSP welcomes High Hedges Bill

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A bid to outlaw high garden hedges has been lodged at Holyrood.

SNP MSP Mark MacDonald has proposed a members’ bill which could make illegal hedging of a certain height encroaching on a neighbouring property.

Nigel Don has welcomed the launch the Bill. Mr Don, who is MSP for Angus North and Mearns, said, “Cutting out the light to a neighbour’s garden and windows by letting hedges grow too tall is a form of anti social behaviour.”

“It can lead to furious arguments, criminal behaviour and occasionally violence. More often it simply sours the relationship between neighbours and depresses the value of the overshadowed property.

“A ten or twenty foot high fence between two neighbours’ gardens would never get planning permission, and I don’t see why a hedge of the same height should be seen as acceptable.”

Mr Don said, “I’m glad to say that most people show consideration for their neighbours, but I do get complaints to my constituency office about this problem and currently there is no effective legislation to deal with this.

“Writing legislation of this type is never easy and I know that my Parliamentary colleagues on the Local Government and Regeneration Committee would appreciate constructive comment from constituents who may be affected. Meantime I am delighted that Mark McDonald has managed to introduce this Bill. Others have been trying to do this since 2002. I’ll be giving him my strong support.”