Growing concern over hedge

1.30pm TORRANCE, 54 Rosehill Road, G64 4EW'Mr Samuel McLeod pic of him next to hedge that's overgrown (50 ft high), he's been in dispute with neighbour for a year trying to get council to cut it down but they say they don't know who owns house. Mr McLeod is registered blind and cannot now use the fireplace in his house when he is cold because the trees interfere with the flue and the safety valve cuts the fire off.
1.30pm TORRANCE, 54 Rosehill Road, G64 4EW'Mr Samuel McLeod pic of him next to hedge that's overgrown (50 ft high), he's been in dispute with neighbour for a year trying to get council to cut it down but they say they don't know who owns house. Mr McLeod is registered blind and cannot now use the fireplace in his house when he is cold because the trees interfere with the flue and the safety valve cuts the fire off.

A pensioner has hit out at East Dunbartonshire Council for their failure to resolve a dispute over his neighbour’s overgrown hedge.

Samuel McLeod (89), who is registered blind, has lived in his house in Rosehill Road, Torrance, for the past 20 years.

He says his neighbour’s hedge has not been trimmed in all that time and it is now over 50 feet high.

As a result he has no sunlight in his back garden or living room.

He also finds it difficult to walk along the street because he cannot see the hedge sticking out.

His gas fire also regularly cuts out due to a lack of ventilation from his chimney which is being blocked by the hedge.

When he raised the issue with East Dunbartinshire Council a year ago they took action against the homeowner of the house.

And Mr McLeod had to pay East Dunbartonshire Council £380 for a high hedges license application.

However the homeowner has since died and the council has been unable to establish who is now responsible for the hedge.

Mr McLeod said: “I think it’s a ridiculous situation.

“I’ve been waiting for over a year for this to be sorted out, surely it shouldn’t take that long?

“In the meantime I have to put up with this hazard when I’m walking to my house and a lack of daylight.

“My wife was recently taken into a nursing home which has been very upsetting and I could do without this extra stress and worry.

“I just want this hedge to be cut down now so that I can get on with my life.”

Diane Campbell, Director of East Dunbartonshire Governance and Regulation said: “The notice served by the council was on the owner of the hedge at Rosehill Road, Torrance.

“We have since been informed that the owner has died.

“As the notice is served on the person, and not the property, the person can no longer fulfil the requirements of the notice.

“We now need to wait until the winding up of the gentleman’s estate is concluded before considering what opportunities are now available to us.

“While we understand it may be frustrating for the neighbour, we are working sensitively to ensure legal and appropriate actions are taking place.”