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Council paid man £12k compensation after mistakenly cutting down his hedge

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Kevin Verran's hedge was chopped down in July
Kevin Verran's hedge was chopped down in July

A MAN has been paid damages by Hampshire County Council for mistakenly cutting down his hedge.

Kevin Verran, from Everton, said he has been awarded £12,640 after launching legal action – although HCC declined to confirm the amount agreed.

The payment was made after Mr Verran complained nesting birds had been killed when, on 22nd July, a highways team mistakenly chopped down the vegetation growing outside his home.

He told the A&T: “This money could have been spent on repairing the huge cracks in the road.

“It will take years to restore the damage these unaccountable cretins caused to my property.

“Sadly the council is unaccountable and not one person has been disciplined for this destruction and violent trespass onto my land.”

As reported in the A&T, Mr Verran claimed it could cost him thousands of pounds to put right and decades to regrow the hedge.

A Hampshire County Council spokesperson told the A&T: “We can confirm that we have investigated and resolved Mr Verran’s complaint and agreed a sum payable for damages.”

Because his home is within the national park, Mr Verran has also been told by the park authority that if he wants to replace the mutilated, native hedge with a new one, instead of waiting for it to grow back, he will have to submit a removal notice for permission.

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