Why should the person who is suffering the hedge problems have to pay the Council to intervene?

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Why should the person who is suffering the hedge problems have to pay the Council to intervene?

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The Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 states that complainants must pay a fee to the local authority when they submit their hedge complaint. There are several reasons why the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has come to this conclusion: • Most people who responded to questions about fees in the 1999 consultation ‘High hedges – possible solutions’ thought it was fair that the complainant should pay something for the local authority to intervene in their hedge dispute. • Payment of a fee will encourage people to try to settle these disputes amicably, making sure that involvement of the local authority really is a last resort. • A fee will also help to deter frivolous or vexatious complaints. • It is common practice for local authorities to charge a fee for a service which is likely to benefit an individual (in this case, the complainant) rather than the community in general.

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