Never let it be said again that the SNP are neglecting the real issues and focussing too much on the 2014 referendum.
Today, Holyrood finally passed legislation that will allow people to tackle anti-social neighbours who grow their hedges too high. The law will allow people to call in the local council to resolve neighbour disputes over problem hedges if the neighbours themselves can’t resolve their differences.
Today’s vote means Scotland is no longer the last place in the UK where people were allowed to grow their hedges to any height they pleased.
The new law is due to come into force in 2014 and according to a statement put out by the SNP, it is of course better than the equivalent English law because it “has a broader scope than the legislation in place south of the border and tackles the issue of both evergreen and deciduous nuisance high hedges.”
It is unclear from the statement, whether this means that the new legislation will threaten Scotland’s world leading high hedge in Perthshire, which at 136 feet high, is supposedly recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest hedge on the planet.
MSP Mark McDonald, who led the passage of the Private Members Bill through Holyrood said: “I am delighted that the bill has been passed today by parliament.
Given that there have been a number of unsuccessful attempts to pass this legislation since 2000, it has been a long time coming.
“I am grateful to the many organisations and individuals who have had an input to this process, and who have been working hard to ensure not just that the legislation came into effect, but that it was as robust and effective as possible.
“This legislation will provide an effective means of resolving high hedge disputes. It remains my wish to see disputes resolved amicably and without the need for any form of action by local authorities.
“I have no doubt that campaigners will be delighted to see this legislation come into effect.”
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