Residents shred Fred Goodwin’s hedge with chainsaw

Former RBS boss Fred Goodwin. Pic: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Former RBS boss Fred Goodwin. Pic: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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LONG-suffering neighbours of disgraced banker Fred Goodwin have reportedly lost patience and chainsawed part of the massive hedge at his Edinburgh mansion.

The former RBS boss has been feuding with Colinton neighbours for more than four years over his double-layer, 25ft leylandii hedge that shields the £3.5m property.

A new law is due to come into force in April empowering local authorities to make and enforce decisions in relation to high hedges disputes.

But some neighbours are reported to have decided not to wait and chopped down the nearest layer of leylandii in a bid to let light into their gardens.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Some of the residents have taken matters in their own hands and just cut them down.

“I think they just took a chainsaw to the hedge and did it themselves, they just got fed up of waiting for a decision to be made.

“The first row of leylandii is directly connected to the fences of the residents houses and that is the ones that have been cut.”

The disgraced former RBS boss bought the exclusive six-bedroom home, built by football legend Graeme Souness, in June 2011 after his property in The Grange was targeted by vandals.

After he split from his now-estranged wife, Joyce, she remained at the new address and although recent efforts have been made to reduce the size of the hedge, neighbours still believe it is unacceptably high.

Together they plan to become one of the first groups in Scotland to take action under the new High Hedges (Scotland) Bill.

It gives councils the right to force homeowners to cut hedges which are more than 6ft 6in tall if they form a barrier to light.

Councils have the power to enforce cutting back orders, if owners do not have the work carried out themselves.

The council can then charge up to £500 to carry out the pruning if the homeowner does not complete it at their own expense.

However, Joyce Goodwin, speaking on an intercom at the Colinton manson, said: “What hedge?” when asked for comment. She then hung up.