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Hedgerow dominating footpath . Impossible to pass with a pushchair.

Reported via iOS in the Footpath / pavement problem category by Mel CALAM at 15:53, Wednesday 10 July 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 6214404.

Having previously reported the overgrowing Hedgerow and wild nettles that were all over the footpath on both sides of the hedge. Council came and trimmed back the nettles which is great but the hedge itself needs badly trimming before it gets out of hand as walking on a rainy day get soaked. It seems they stopped midway along as the nettles and weeds are still all over the path making it impossible to pass with the pushchair or wheelchair, if there are cars parked on the road. Today I witnessed two mums having to push their pushchair out into the road with a toddler holding on the handlebars to avoid being stung to bits. I promised them I would report it again. Perhaps they ran out of petrol in there trimmer and perhaps they are planning to come back but just in case they’re not his another report.

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  • The report has been passed to the Highway Officer, who will carry out an inspection of the issue within 10 working days, emergency defects will be corrected or made safe at the time of the inspection, if reasonably practicable to do so. In this context, making safe may constitute displaying warning notices, coning‐off or fencing‐off to protect the public from the defect or other suitable action. If the inspection team cannot make safe the defect at the time of inspection, then they will instigate the relevant emergency call procedures to ensure appropriate resources are mobilised to make the defect safe.

    There may also be occasions when the issue reported will not be repaired as it has been classified as a minor defect and does not pose any risk to either the safety or the integrity of the highway, these are called minimum recording levels as specified in our Highways Safety Inspection Policy.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 15:53, Wednesday 10 July 2024

  • Update

    It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built, or to intentionally kill, injure or take chicks or adults, or intentionally take or destroy any eggs. As a general rule we avoid hedge cutting during the main breeding season for nesting birds, which usually runs throughout March to August each year.

    We follow the law and where possible the guidance provided by GOV.UK.

    There may be cases when we cannot avoid disturbing a nest if it is obstructing the public highway and presents a danger to road/footpath users, for example a nest in a tree branch overhanging the carriageway, in these rare cases we will take the appropriate action with minimal disruption as possible

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 17:30, Wednesday 10 July 2024

This report is now closed to updates from the public. You can make a new report in the same location.