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TORIES ATTACK LABOUR 'INACTION' OVER PROBLEM OF HIGH HEDGES

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'The nightmare of high hedges will continue for thousands of home owners thanks to Labour's dithering and lack of d...
'The nightmare of high hedges will continue for thousands of home owners thanks to Labour's dithering and lack of delivery', commented Conservative local government spokesman Nigel Waterson in response to the publication by the government of responses to a consultation paper on high hedges.

'The government has admitted it has been receiving complaints since 1997, yet it first did nothing. It took two years to issue a consultation document and it has now only just published the results from the consultation. They have not specified when any legislation will receive parliamentary time, nor the exact form the legislation would take.

'A Conservative government would take action now. John Prescott must take responsibility for this lack of action and the culture of incompetence within his department.'

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- High hedges which cut out the light from neighbouring properties are

blighting peoples lives and breaking down community and neighbourly

relations.

- Since the introduction of widespread use of Leylandii trees, in particular all over Britain, high hedges have meant that peoples gardens and houses have been cast in darkness by inconsiderate planting with no recourse available to the ordinary resident.

- Conservatives believe that this is a local issue that local councils

should be able to act on. Councils should have the power in cases of clear and overwhelming destruction of amenity to treat Leylandii like any other building or permanent structure that blocks light, obstructs the view, and ruins gardens. Where there is a clear case of a dispute that cannot be resolved between neighbours they should also be allowed to set limits on the acceptable height of hedges, relative to the size of gardens and neighbouring properties.

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