Hedge cut down by SSE

Hedge cut down by SSE

Postby mothy » Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:27 pm

Our garden has a pair of wooden power poles behind a hedge on the edge but inside our boundary. The poles hold a transformer at height which converts the power form the HV lines to LV domestic.
The line over the hedge is the armoured LV feed to the house.

Last week whilst the property was empty some contractors working for the local electricity company climbed over our fence in to our garden without permission.
Once in they chopped down our garden hedge (primarily Holly and Rowan) from approx. 4-5 metres to 1 metre over roughly a 12-15 metre distance.
The hedge is not under the power line.

They had a work order signed by a local farmer to work on his land. They did not have permission from us nor had they sought it.

Can we compel them to put the hedge back as it was?
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Re: Hedge cut down by SSE

Postby MacadamB53 » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:32 pm

Hi mothy,

yes and no - they have statutory powers to do as required.

which means all they have to show is that it was required - and it's unlikely not to have been otherwise why bother?

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Re: Hedge cut down by SSE

Postby mothy » Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:59 am

the hedge isn't under the lines - the contractors misread their work order which was for hedging on adjacent farmland.
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Re: Hedge cut down by SSE

Postby despair » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:20 am

ah well thats different
in which case SSE is in line for one large replacement bill
mind you 4 to 5 metre high holly and rowan sounds totally excessive
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Re: Hedge cut down by SSE

Postby arborlad » Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:49 am

despair wrote:.....mind you 4 to 5 metre high holly and rowan sounds totally excessive.......



.........and you know this how?..........every situation is different and without knowing the particular circumstances you're not able to make such conclusions!!
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Re: Hedge cut down by SSE

Postby arborlad » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:55 am

mothy wrote:Once in they chopped down our garden hedge (primarily Holly and Rowan) from approx. 4-5 metres to 1 metre over roughly a 12-15 metre distance.
The hedge is not under the power line.


Can we compel them to put the hedge back as it was?




Notwithstanding any possible wrongdoing by the contractors, unless there's something we are unaware of, something which is established is almost certainly going to regrow to your desired height quicker and more effectively than any alternative.

Contractors working for utility companies don't have the best of reputations when it comes to quality of work, if your hedge was cut to a poor standard allowing the contractors access to make good or your own contractors at the others expense are a couple of alternatives.
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Re: Hedge cut down by SSE

Postby Collaborate » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:45 pm

Your probably best off asking for compensation for loss of visual amenity. Hard to quantify damages, but they may throw a grand or two at it to make it go away.
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Re: Hedge cut down by SSE

Postby mothy » Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:49 pm

Thank you for the advice - the contractor has accepted liability and we await a proposal to make good.
Cant help feeling that it may get more complicated though....
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Re: Hedge cut down by SSE

Postby arborlad » Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:28 am

mothy wrote:Thank you for the advice - the contractor has accepted liability and we await a proposal to make good.
Cant help feeling that it may get more complicated though....




That's a good start, if you notice any reluctance on behalf of the contractor to do the right thing, ensure that they know you will contacting SSE as well, they were acting as their agents at the time.

Entering the contractors name and SSE into Google may bring up some history, which could be useful.
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