Proposed hedge removal sparks row
A PLAN to grub up a hedge in Clinthead Garden in Langholm may be thwarted - for now.
The mature, mixed species hedge is for the chop after the Bonnie Langholm committee was given the go-ahead to replace it with railings.
Agreement came from Langholm Ewes and Westerkirk community council and Dumfries and Galloway Council last year.
The new metal fence is being made but the hedge is still in place and now that the bird breeding season has arrived, its removal will have to be delayed.
Community councillors believed that the Bonnie Langholm committee folded a couple of years ago.
Community councillor Betty Harkness said a request had come from Margaret Pool that the hedge be removed because it blocked the view across the river. She asked which group Mrs Pool represented.
Mrs Harkness said: "There is no Bonnie Langholm now. Who is Mrs Pool representing? A member of the public can't take it upon themselves to have the hedge removed. I don't care whether there is a hedge or a fence but why can a person ask for a hedge to be removed?"
Councillor Archie Dryburgh, Annandale East and Eskdale, said he had raised it with the relevant council department. Bonnie Langholm had brought the matter to the council two years ago.
He said: "I understand the council was asked to remove the hedge once the railings had been made. A member of the public approached me with their concerns.
"There are concerns about the environmental impact and some of the bird species. We have to make sure there are no protected bird species and it would have to be done at a certain time of the year. We're coming up to the breeding season so the chances of it happening in the next few months are zero."
Mrs Pool told the E&L Advertiser that she was still interim chairman of Bonnie Langholm which still existed. She was willing to attend a community council meeting to answer any queries.
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