NEIGHBOURS suffering the menace of high hedges must get protection, says a Labour MP.
Batley and Spen's Mike Wood said he hoped legislation would get on the statute books soon.
He spoke of his disappointment after a private member's bill was killed off by a single MP's objection in the last Parliamentary session.
The bill, introduced by Labour MP Stephen Pound, was the fifth attempt to provide legislation to cover this area and had made the most progress.
It sought to allow councils to mediate in disputes over high hedges which are blocking out light and issue notices for owners to cut them down.
Mr Wood said: "I know from the contact I have had with constituents that legislation to address this issue is both popular and necessary as well as being perfectly sensible.
"It is a tremendous shame that in spite of popular support for the bill it can be sabotaged by a single member without explanation or justification.
"I have no doubt that there will be fresh attempts to get this legislation on to the statute books in the next session."
Hedgeline, a national lobby and support group for people affected by high hedges, said it had been inundated with despairing messages.
Policy director Clare Hinchliffe said: "There is a cross-party consensus on the urgent need for legislation to control nuisance hedges, yet we're still struggling to get a law passed."