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High Hedges

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Gardner of Parkes Baroness Gardner of Parkes Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why, under the high hedges legislation contained in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, the Local Government Ombudsman does not recognise loss of enjoyment of home and garden as an injustice that can accrue a monetary value.

Photo of Baroness Andrews Baroness Andrews Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

The Local Government Ombudsman would normally get involved in a high hedge complaint only when it considered that there had been maladministration by a local authority which had caused an injustice. In appropriate circumstances, the ombudsman would be able to consider whether loss of enjoyment of home and garden was an injustice which warranted financial compensation.

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Paul Abraham
Posted on 16 Jan 2008 12:45 pm (Report this annotation)

Why, when it comes to the failings of the LGO, does no-one ever even attempt to answer the question?