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Overgrown hedge encroaching onto the pavement

Reported via desktop in the Hedge problem category by Cllr Darren Hayday at 11:41, Saturday 20 April 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5877708.

Hedge is at ‘The Laurels’ Pinewood Road HP12 4DA Sadly (and especially in the case when vehicles are parked here as in the photo), it means that pedestrians have to walk into the road. which is dangerous. Please may I ask if the Council can write to them and ask that they cut back the hedge.

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  • All wild birds are protected. This includes their nests (whilst in use or being built) as well as any eggs the nest may contain. Under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), it is an offence to:
    • intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird
    • intentionally damage, destroy or take the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built (nests of golden eagle, white tailed eagle and osprey are protected all year round)
    • intentionally destroy an egg of any wild bird
    • intentionally or recklessly disturb certain wild birds or their dependent young while they are nesting (including disturbance of nesting young)
    Although no dates are legally stated between which hedges cannot be trimmed, cut, laid or coppiced, the main bird breeding season is recognised as being between 1 March and 31 July which we adhere to. Please note, if the issue reported is classified by our Highway Officer as an emergency, arrangements will be made to make the hedge safe for both road and pedestrian users in line with our Highways Safety Inspection Policy.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 11:41, Saturday 20 April 2024

  • Update

    We have investigated the issue reported and found that it is on private land, we cannot use public money to resolve issues on private land, we can only use the power we do have under Section 154 (1) of the Highways Act 1980, to advise the owner/occupier of adjoining land they are required to carry out work on their land so as to remove the cause or likelihood of danger, obstruction or interference to the users of the Highway (footpath).

    In most cases the work is carried out very quickly by the owner/occupier, but in some instances this can be a lengthier process but be assured we will follow due process to ensure the work is carried out.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 09:43, Wednesday 1 May 2024

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