Shortly after his election in 2011 as Regional MSP, it became clear to Mark that nuisance high hedges were something which affected a significant number of property owners in Scotland. As a result, he announced last year his intention to bring forward a private members' bill on the issue and to bring Scotland into line with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which have all passed legislation to tackle the problem in recent years.
The bill was passed on 28th March 2013 and recieved Royal Assent on 2 May 2013. Currently, the process of drawing up guidance is ongoing but it is expected to take some months to complete. It is anticipated that the bill will come into force at the beginning of April 2014. The guidance will set out guidelines on making complaints and also on criteria that councils will be using to adjudicate on complaints to ensure that the process is transparent.