Growing a hedge too far should be a crime, say MPs
Friday 13 March 1998
Welcoming the recent suggestion from Richard Caborn, the Planning Minister, that Leylandii hedges might be required to have planning permission, the motion suggested even more extreme measures to deal with "this increasing menace" - criminal sanctions.
Sponsored by Lynne Jones, Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, the motion said that while "a key element in many of the most distressing disputes over high hedges is unsocial behaviour and harassment", the existing Crime and Disorder Bill might provide a means of tackling the problem.
However it was dealt with, the MPs wanted "effective measures to tackle the vindictive impulses of those who insist on allowing their hedges to reach monstrous heights, with the main purposes of inflicting misery on their neighbours."
One of Dr Jones's constituents is Michael Jones, who spent 18 years and pounds 100,000 in legal fees on a dispute with a neighbour over a 26-foot Leylandii hedge.
Mr Jones, who was allowed to prune back the offending hedge to a height of 12ft, has since set up a support group, called Hedgeline.
Dr Jones has won the backing for her motion from signatories stretching from Ken Livingstone on the Labour Left through to David Amess on the Thatcherite Right of the Conservative Party.
Dr Jones told The Independent that she did not want to stop people growing Leylandii hedges, or any other kind of large hedge. "It's only when it forms some kind of anti-social or oppressive behaviour," she added, "then, the fact that there is some kind of sanction might help to ease matters, and in most cases help to solve the problem."
Life & Style blogs
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Iain Duncan Smith's expenses credit card is suspended after he runs up £1,000 debt to taxpayer
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 French woman dies in freak bungee jumping accident
- 5 Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck to divorce and end their 10-year marriage
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen for o...
£35000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This industry leader provides c...
£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Project Coordinator is requir...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...