COUNCIL chiefs are scrapping a fee charged for dealing with high hedge complaints.
Kirklees Council has been charging £100 to members of the public who want intervention.
The fee is refunded if the complaint is found worthy of investigation and not vexatious.
Control of high hedges has been made possible since the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.
Council officers have had 243 inquiries about intervention since implementation last June.
But just 20 have gone forward to a formal complaint needing investigation. In each case the person who contacted the council got a refund.
Council deputy leader Clr John Smithson said: "Processing the fees has been counter-productive. It's cost us money to do it."