Freedom of information response

Complaints made about high hedges, trees or plants.

Publication date: 
Tuesday 10 March 2020
Request: 

Q1.         In the following time periods, please provide the total number of complaints logged regarding a neighbour’s high hedges, trees or plants under Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003:

2017 
2018 
2019 

Q2.         In the following time periods, please provide the number of complaints that were settled / resolved regarding a neighbour’s hedges, trees or plants:

2017 
2018 
2019 

Q3. In the following time periods, please provide the number of complaints that were rejected because the complainant had not followed the Government’s ‘over the garden hedge’ guidance:

2017 
2018 
2019 

Q4.  Please state how much income you generated from payments related to handling disputes related to high hedges, trees or plants in the following time periods:

2017 
2018 
2019 

Q5.         In the following time periods, please provide the fines or instances where the council has to complete remedial work where a remedial notice was not acted upon?
Year  Fines issued  Council enforcement of remedial notices e.g. council entering land to carry out required work
2017  
2018  
2019

Response: 

1. 

2017

Fewer than 5

2018

10

2019

5

2. 

2017

Fewer than 5

2018

9

2019

Fewer than 5

3.

2017

None

2018

None

2019

None

4. 

2017

None

2018

None

2019

None

5. 

Year

Fines issued

Council enforcement of remedial notices e.g. council entering land to carry out required work

2017

None

None

2018

None

None

2019

None

None

We are unable to provide an exact number for question above as:

  • There is a low number involved.

  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act

  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act

  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

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Request reference:
FOI 9806