Hello, I am having an issue with my council at the moment about paying money to a local person, who paid out if her own pocket to have a nearby, footpath-encroaching hedge cut. The hedge doesn't belong to us, and the footpath is under the management of the local authority. I have been advising them against offering to reimburse the lady in question (it being an individual, who privately instructed work to be done on property that was not our responsibility etc). In theory, the only possible basis they could make the payment is under S137 claiming there was a wider benefit to the community (which I agree with, however, I still think it sets a precedent that we don't want to set).
Whilst I was l was looking up the S137 guidance I kept coming across identical wording on many many Parish websites saying "nor can it be made retrospectively" (which would end the conversation straight away). However, I can't find mention of this on any recent NALC briefing or within the legislation itself. My assumption, due to the identical wording, is that many PCs have used a template for their policy, but as I can't seem to find it, I wonder if this is actually obsolete.
Any words of wisdom?