ATTENTION! ALL SCOTTISH HEDGE/TREE VICTIMS

Postby mazzy » Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:47 pm

The matter is in the hands of Fergus Ewing, Minister for Community Safety who has promised to outline what can be done before XMAS?????
Please encourage him to honour this undertaking.
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Postby mazzy » Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:59 pm

POSTPONEMENT INTO 2009 WAS ANNOUNCED, as apparently further work needs to be done ..............WHY?

Following two Public Petitions
AND two Public Consultations
AND acceptance in 2001 of the need for legislation

'Sooner rather than later" was the commitment of a year ago and here they are 'pussy footing around' again......it's an absolute disgrace!!!!!
As the saying goes in Scotland.....'they couldn't organise a --ss up in a
brewery'
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Postby mazzy » Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:31 pm

Fergus Ewing is awaiting the outcome of his Anti Social Behaviour Review. The results ...........they're saying early in 2009!!!!!
Mmmmm!
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Postby DarioRogers » Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:02 am

Hi there everyone, myself and my family live in scotland and we moved into our dream house last year, or what we THOUGHT would be our dream house! We arrived at a point when 2 of our neighbours were having a row with another neighbour (family) who lives in front of all our houses.
It is in relation to Connifers that has got badly out of control. They look around 40 feet high! It effects our light, but not as much as the previously mentioned other two neighbours who have went to this families front door to ask them to chop it down, but they just IGNORE the requests. One of these neighbours then went to the local council who demanded £350 just to send an inspector round to their house!!! (I am not sure what the council would do, or what powers they would have, so it would possibly be money 'down the drain'). Its a great shame as our houses overlook our town and give a brilliant view, however this view is currently ruined to a big degree because of these ugly connifers.
Does this new Hedges Act that they are proposing give more power to us or even if there is anything else in the pipeline that could help our cause? Any feedback would be appreciated! Regards
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Postby mazzy » Sun Feb 22, 2009 3:42 pm

I understand totally.
Your tree neighbour is under no obligation to do anything. The law as it stands is totally on his side. If he is the unreasonable type, then he'll use his trees to annoy/upset/rile you.........because in the eyes of the law he's doing nothing wrong. They're his trees and he can do what he likes with them allowing them to grow unmaintained to whatever height he feels fit.

The councils in Scotland have no powers to intervene (private property) in what they consider to be essentially a private matter between parties.
You can contact the environmental health dept - not able to help because they'll advise that no nuisance conditions exist.
You can contact the tree office - not able to help because the Town & Country Planning Act won't help.
You can contact the solicitor @ the council - he'll write on your behalf to all the various departments, only to find there are no powers to help.
You can contact Citizens Advice - who'll advise you to contact the above, to no avail.
You could try The Mediation Services? - good luck with that one! Mediation only works if both parties want to resolve the issue.

Anyway, I am sorry that none of the above helps. However Fergus Ewing has invited Scothedge to meet him at the end of March. Scothedge are invited to discuss a constructive way forward which sounds positive.
If you wish to add your own views please write to: Fergus Ewing, Minister For Community Safety, St Andrews Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG

All the best![/b]
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Postby DarioRogers » Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:12 pm

Many thanks for your input mazzy. that was good info there. Perhaps doesnt help resolve the issue, but it shows the position clear as day.
Its a shame, I hope this minister can get a solution.
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Postby mazzy » Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:40 pm

It's starting to look positive!!!!

For the first time in nine years, the Scothedge team have received thanks for what was a very positive meeting (held on 2nd April 2009) with the Scottish Government and the invitation to collaborate in the delivery of a workable solution to the high hedge solution.
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Postby mazzy » Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:37 am

If you are having problems with a high hedge/trees/plants in Scotland I urge you to join SCOTHEDGE today to demand the end of high hedge tyranny (email Dr Colin Watson docwat@colwat.com)

Scothedge is a voluntary organisation and part of the national Hedgeline group which has successfully campaigned for the English and Welsh High Hedges legislation.
In Scotland there is still no legislation to protect residents against careless or vindictive deployment of unsuitable hedges. The first two Parliaments at Holyrood supported the Scott Barrie Private Member's Bill which never progressed.

Scothedge are now working in agreement with the Scottish Government who are now committed to a solution of the issue.

Scothedge members are currently completing an update survey which will help ensure that the case has strong evidential quality. Survey forms are available for Scottish Residents facing high hedge tyranny who are not yet members of Scothedge.

Anyone wishing to take part in this survey or who wish to register as SCOTHEDGE members please email Dr Colin Watson
email: docwat@colwat.com
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Postby despair » Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:05 pm

Let us hope they acheive a far more fair and workable system than the current shambles and rip off fees that prevents so many innocent victims get hedges reduced
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Postby mazzy » Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:07 am

The campaign group Scothedge welcomes the 14th August publication by the Scottish Government of a CONSULTATION On High Hedges And Other Nuisance Vegetation - this will run from 14th August and closes @5pm on 13th November 2009.

I urge all Scottish victims of High Hedge Abuse to respond. This can be done in writing, by e-mail or online at:
www.scotland.gov.uk/Consultation/current
where a downloadable copy of the consultation can be found.
(Alternatively, contact Dr Colin Watson, Scothedge Campaign Leader at:
scothedge@colwat.com or http: www.pentlandhedge.colwat.com)
You should send printed or handwritten forms and/or any supplementary information:

Community Safety Unit
High Hedges Consultation
The Scottish Government
1W St.Andrews House
EDINBURGH
EH1 3DG
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Postby mazzy » Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:52 pm

Scothedge are holding a DEMONSTRATION on 29th OCTOBER @ 1.30 outside The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.
Come and make yourself heard - let your MSP's know that you expect legislation to happen!!!!! [/b]
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Scothedge Progress

Postby docwat » Wed Nov 04, 2009 3:34 pm

The Scothedge web site may be accessed at:

http://www.scothedge.colwat.com


Fergus Ewing's Consultation ends 13th. November so time is now tunning out.

Hundreds of hedge victims have responded and cross party support is strong. After demographic adjustement the response is greater than the English/Welsh rssponse.

Use our web site to join Scothedge and to respond to the Consultation. The questionnaire may be completed in-line

We understand the flaws in the Westminster Bill and seek a better Scottish Bill.

After a decade of campaigning this is now the endgame. We represent cases from Kirwall to Gretna and from Arran to East Lothian. Please add your support to the campaign !!!!

Scithedge Campaign Leader
il foreste di Birnamo si movere
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Postby mazzy » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:48 am

Minister backs campaign to cut 'anti-social' hedges down to size

Scotland On Sunday
Published Date: 03 January 2010
By Eddie Barnes
Political Editor

COMING SOON TO A STREET NEAR YOU, HEDGE POLICE
A plan to force homeowners to cut back their plants if they are ruining their neighbours' gardens has won support from senior Scottish ministers.

The move, contained in a consultation into the impact of high hedges, could see a body set up to
investigate cases of householders ignoring the impact of their plants.

If they were found guilty of anti-social behaviour, the authorities would then be able to march on to their land to cut hedges down to size.

The idea is being backed by Finance Secretary John Swinney, the MSP for North Tayside, whose caseload has contained numerous complaints from constituents on the issue.

Swinney has called for an independent body to be set up to police hedge disputes. This could bring to an end a ten-year campaign for legislation from neighbourhood groups, which argue the current lack of legislation means households are powerless to deal with unruly neighbours.

Most disputes involve cases in which householders have allowed hedges – commonly the Leylandii – to grow to enormous heights, blocking out light in their neighbours' property.

In several cases, disputes have ended in violence, or families moving house.

In England, new laws have recently come in to decide on neighbourhood disputes, and now it looks certain that Scotland is to follow suit.

The campaign for a law is being led by Lord McGhee, chairman of the Scottish Land Court, who argues that the threat of legal action will resolve most neighbourhood arguments.

He said: "When people cannot go to law they tend to get angry. If you have a right to ask a neighbour to cut down his hedge or tree, both parties are more likely to approach the problem as one to be solved rather than one to be fought over."

Swinney says in his own reply to the consultation that such action is necessary, adding: "If an organisation was given authority over high hedges, many confrontations could be avoided. This body should be empowered to order the removal and trimming of hedges and trees."

Several campaign groups, including ScotHedge, are also demanding reform. The Cowal Group against anti-social behaviour argued: "One cannot construct a 30 foot wall without planning consent. Why should you be allowed to block light by growing a 30 foot hedge?"

Campaigners say that local authorities or national parks should be given the power to prosecute those who ignore the law on hedge or tree levels.

Lord McGhee's proposals are also supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland. In total, a consultation on the proposals received more than 600 responses from members of the public and organisations.

The main culprit in many of the disputes is the Leylandii, which can grow at the rate of one metre a year, reaching a height of 30 metres if left untrimmed.

There is currently no legislation on what constitutes a "high hedge" and growing one on one's own property is not unlawful. In England, an "anti-social" hedge has been defined as being more than two metres in height and which acted as "a barrier to light or access".

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "Ministers received more than 600 responses to the consultation on high hedges and those responses are being analysed externally.

"We expect to receive that analysis next spring and ministers will announce their intentions in the light of that." [/b]
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Postby mazzy » Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:02 pm

To read report on "High Hedges and other Nuisance Vegetation" click on the link http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/Recent

There is no doubt now whatsoever that Scottish residents are blighted by this unjust High Hedge and Other Nuisance Vegetation anomaly in the law. The Government sought prudent proof beyond the aegis of a campaign group and now they have it.

The Scothedge team will continue their work with Fergus Ewing and his department on 29th April 2010 when their intentions should become clear.

Ultimately it will be a vote of MSPs in the chamber which will secure the protection which we seek. First a Bill must be drafted which does a better job than the Westminster Bill. The common aim must be legislation in this Parliament[/b][/u]
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Postby mazzy » Thu May 06, 2010 7:07 pm

Ministerial statement:

“I had a positive and productive meeting with Scothedge on 29 April 2010, and I am encouraged by Scothedge’s response.

We recognise that the issue of high hedges affects a significant number of people, as our recent consultation on high hedges – which attracted 617 formal responses - shows.

We also recognise the need to do further work and are considering the results of the consultation, and how to best achieve a fair and workable solution.”

Fergus Ewing Minister for Community Safety.
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