Hedge furore is all cut up

Photo: David Hurst'Cal Maguire of Rushy Hey, Lostock Hall, with the hedge that has been cut down and is being charged for. With a much higher hedge being left standing behind her
Photo: David Hurst'Cal Maguire of Rushy Hey, Lostock Hall, with the hedge that has been cut down and is being charged for. With a much higher hedge being left standing behind her
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A disabled woman is at loggerheads with housing bosses after they cut down her prized hedge and charged her for the work - despite her not wanting it cut.

Cal Maguire says she was ‘livid’ when staff employed by New Progress turned up ‘unannounced’ and cut down a conifer hedge at her rented flat in Rushey Hey, Lostock Hall, last week.

The 53-year-old, who walks with a crutch after an accident left her unable to walk unaided 10 years ago, says bosses cut down the hedge after one of her neighbours complained about the height of the 10ft high hedge.

She claims she had agreed to trim the hedge this week but was shocked when staff arrived on Monday to cut it down.

Now she has been charged £72 after the hedge was cut back to 4ft - despite other hedges on the property and neighbouring flats left much higher.

Bosses at New Progress defended the move claiming the row has been going on for a ‘number of months’.

Ms Maguire said: “I really love my garden and that hedge is my only sense of privacy in my flat.

“I heard from New Progress and I agreed to have it cut down this week. A friend was going to do it. Then, out of the blue, I heard this great noise the other day. When I looked out of the window they were cutting it down.”

Gary Melia, deputy managing director at New Progress Housing Association, said: “We have tried to negotiate with Ms Maguire over a number of months to get the hedge to a reasonable height which both neighbours can manage and maintain. Ms Maguire has not engaged with us or been willing to meet us half way.”