The High Hedges act brought in by 2J Prescott was badly drafted and implemented. The first issue is that the victim has to pay the local council before they act and if it is found that they are the victim of a high hedge and the hedge has to be reduced then they do not get their money back. This can be a large sum if more than one neighbour is involved and the amount charged is set by each council with no UK standard. in my area it is typically over £800. 

The second issue is that if the culprit decides to remove the hedge and replace it with the same  evergreens then the whole process is reset and you have to start again with yet another payment and so on. Surely if it is proved that an evergreen hedge above a specified height is not acceptable in a specific location than that should stand for the future and not apply to a particular set of plants?

The law needs rewriting so that the victims have their money refunded by the perpetrators and that once it is established that a hedge in that location constitutes a nuisance then the ruling should apply to the location and not a particular set of plantings.

The council officials who have to implement this law state that is badly conceived and implemented.    

Why is this idea important?

The leylandii trees that are the most common cause of this problem are becoming more pervasive across the UK and they are a hybrid plant which will keep growing to unbelievable heights. More and more cases will happen where people are affected by the light loss, root damage to their houses and so on and this law should be simplified and made to be effective long term to discourage this. A lot of these victims are people striving to keep their family home and quite a few will be elderly home owners on a limited income who could be classed as the silent majority in this country who need to be protected from inconsiderate neighbours.    

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