Thursday, 08 September 2011
Moves are the actions of a listening parliament James Dornan, MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, has today welcomed moves by his colleague Mark McDonald MSP to bring forward legislation that will address long running neighborhood disputes on high hedges.
Mr McDonald has won the support of the Scottish Government for the bill and is following up an SNP manifesto pledge to act on high hedges.
Welcoming the news, James Dornan said: "To some, this might seem a minor issue, but to others it can be a source of great frustration.
"Both as an MSP, and councillor for Langside, I have come up against this issue and any moves by the Parliament to resolve this, must be welcomed.
"I would encourage constituents of mine to get in touch with me, and tell me what steps they think should be taken to address the issue.
"Of course, one of the best things about this issue, is that it's one that is likely to receive cross party support and it's in times like this that Parliament is at its best. It truly is the actions of a listening Parliament."
Mr McDonald is being supported by the Scottish Government and a Bill will be taken forward during this parliamentary term.
The Scottish Government has previously consulted with interested parties on options for legislation, which gathered views on issues such as including hedge Roseanna Cunningham, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, said: "High hedge disputes are a fairly rare occurrence, but when they happen, they can spiral out of control and be a source of great concern for those involved.
"This Government has gathered opinions from people with an interest in the issue. The responses gathered through our consultation emphasised the keen interest in this issue around Scotland and we remain committed to seeing legislation put in place that will ensure everyone with an interest in the issue knows their rights, responsibilities and remedies.
"We will support Mark McDonald as he leads a Bill through the process of scrutiny before Parliament and look forward to working with him constructively on this important issue."