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Footpaths obstructed by overgrown hedges

Reported via desktop in the Vegetation (grass/hedges/trees) category anonymously at 15:38, Tuesday 14 September 2021

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

The hedge on the west side of the A590 between the north bound Cross a Moor bus stop and Swarthmoor village, is now overgrown to the extent that people are actually choosing to walk in the carriageway at considerable risk to themselves and motorists.

This hedge is normally kept contained, prior to the main pruning in the autumn, by means of a highways contractor on foot with a hand held trimmer removing the long straggling briar and bramble stems.

Unfortunately, for some reason this hasn't happened this year.

The bird nesting restrictions do not apply when a hedge jeopardises the safety of a highway or FOOTPATH, so this is not a valid reason for the current situation.

Additionally, this footpath forms part of a designated safe route to school which currently it certainly is not.

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  • We have issued a job to our contractor (Job #42883499) to clear overhanging vegetation from the hedge line to allow pedestrians to walk along the footway. This job was programmed to be completed within 28 days and we have asked for this to be done before the Walk2Remember event on 24 September.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted anonymously at 19:13, Friday 17 September 2021

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