Baroness Gardner of Parkes, has tabled a question for written answer by the Government. The question was tabled on 28th May and was answered in early June.
"Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the workings of high hedges legislation - contained in Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003; and, if so, when. - HL486"The answer from the Government was
'We have no current plans to undertake a specific review of this part of the 2003 Act.'
The Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, part 8 high hedges was given the royal assent on 20th November 2003. It was enacted in June 2005. At the time of this enactment the government intimated to Hedgeline that all new legislation is generally reviewed after 5 years to see if it is working correctly and as expected. We were assured verbally this would happen by the relevant civil servants at the time. The time for review therefore should have been June 2010.
Hedgeline has frequently taken this up with the Government. It been told by the present Government that it will be done soon but has low priority. The latest news from the Government is that could 'possibly' be at the end of the year.
The review should have taken place two years ago and the Government is now again delaying and talking about 'possibly' another 6 months.
It will be necessary for sympathisers to ask their MPs to send letters to the Government asking for a date for the review, if the Government is to give the matter any priority.
The minister is: Mr. Bob Neill MP.
Only letters sent by MPs are seen by the minister. Others, though still useful, are read and answered by civil servants
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