Local Council Orders Woman To Trim Her Bush

The pun is just too obvious, but we're going to make it anyway - a woman has been ordered to trim her bush after it grew to epic proportions.

Susan Rogers let a hedge outside her house grow to 40ft high and 100ft long, blocking sunlight from entering a number of her neighbours' properties in Yr Aran, Dunvant, South Wales.

After receiving a number of complaints, Swansea Council ruled that Mrs Rogers should reduce the height of the hedge to nearly half its current height - which doesn't seem that unreasonable seeing that most hedges are much shorter than that anyway.

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Credit: BPM

Not to Mrs Rogers, however, who tried to appeal the decision. Both the council and the planning inspectorate ruled in favour of her neighbours.

Not that she seems to be paying them any heed. She was given three months to trim her bush, and, with less than two weeks until that deadline, she still hasn't done it. Presumably it's actually grown bigger in the last two and a half months.

Of course, Mrs Rogers' actions - well, her inaction - has caused much ire among her fellow residents.

Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Beryl Robbins said: "At a meeting of the local group of Neighbourhood Watch held in late September 2016 it was apparent all present were concerned about the very high hedge on the outside border of Yr Aran.

"Attempts to discuss the problem with Mrs Rogers failed. On the advice of the Swansea Neighbourhood Watch Association we then contacted our councillor Jennifer Raynor, who has since guided and worked for us to try to get the height reduced.

"This hedge greatly affects the living conditions of some houses on the opposite side of the road whose residents cannot see the sky from their living room windows and who lose a considerable amount of light and sunlight. To a lesser extent all surrounding houses and bungalows are affected.

"The hedge is an eyesore and it now overhangs the road."

Credit: BPM
Credit: BPM

Mrs Rogers has been given until 17 February to reduce the size of the hedge, but neighbours are now worried that the impending nesting season for birds will give her another excuse to not follow through with the order.

"Mrs Rogers needs to get a move on," said Mrs Raynor. "The Inspector gave her three months to cut the hedge.


"Mrs Rogers still has time to cut the hedge before the official start of the birds' nesting season."

"High hedges are antisocial," said fellow ward councilor Louise Gibbard.

"The inspector visited the homes of the people and saw the hedge herself. We all want to see work started as soon as possible."

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Mischa Pearlman

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