THE TYRANNY OF NUISANCE HEDGES IN SCOTLAND

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THE HEDGELINE CAMPAIGN


Hedgeline was formed on March 1st 1998, by Michael Jones and a small group of less than 200 people who contacted him as a result of his famous and much publicised, five year, court case. Many of these helped in some way with the setting up of Hedgeline and many other highly skilled members have also freely given their services to this venture.

With over 4000 members currently, Hedgeline and their Scottish branch Scothedge have achieved wide cross party support at Westminster and Holyrood. Both the London and Edinburgh executives have acknowledged the serious nature of the nuisance hedge problem.

2001 In reply to a question on the matter from MSP for Dunfermline West, Scott Barrie, Jim Wallace Deputy First Minister responded:

“We have accordingly decided in principle that a statutory remedy is required“.

Baroness Gardner in the Lords and Stephen Pound M.P. in the Commons have both tabled bills to enable local authorities to arbitrate in high hedge disputes. Following arrogant wrecking of Stephen Pound's bill in the face of overwhelming cross party support, the Government have acknowledged that action has to be taken and has added an ammendment to their own Anti-Social Behaviour Bill based upon these Bills. In Scotland, following a Scothedge appeal in May 2002 to the Petitions Committee, the Scott Barrie M.S.P. Private Member's Bill with a similar purpose and support awaits parliamentary time.

2002 The Executive reported that no priority would be given to the matter until after the May 1st 2003 Elections. The Petitions Committee decided that they should retain interest in the matter and sustain pressure after the elections saying:-

Convener: “ In any case, if we keep the petition open and nothing happens in the next session, we can ensure that something is done. Are we all agreed to that ? “

Unanimous consent was given.With the precedent of the Westminster High Hedges Bill success, there is strong motivation to present the Scott Barrie Bill to the Scottish Parliament.However Private Member's Bills inevitably rank low in the parliamentary schedule.It is important that "Hedge Victims" and their supporters maintain full encouragement to their MSPs and the Scottish Executive to accomplish parity with Westminster.

BY FAR THE BEST WAY OF ENSURING PARLIAMENTARY SUPPORT IS TO JOIN HEDGELINE WHO ARE COMMITTED TO CONTINUANCE OF THEIR CAMPAIGN UNTIL THE UNFAIRNESS OF NUISANCE HEDGE PROBLEMS IS ERRADICATED THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE U.K.

Seek out the Hedgeline web site to find just how widespread nuisance hedges have become. To suffer in silence is no longer an option.

The following links are useful:

Hedgeline Scothedge The Scottish Parliament MSPs
E-Mail Colin Watson-Scothedge Chat Line