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As a frequent walker to town, I have noticed that, probably due to a wet spring and a magnificent summer, the hedgerows are more prolific than ever. Thus reducing a 5ft pavement to a little over 2 ft wide in places. This is extremely hazardous when meeting other pedestrians with pushchairs and children. Someone usually has to step into the road. I believe there is a local bye-law against allowing hedges to project beyond your boundary. I am afraid that this does not seem to be enforced.

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I would in the first instance speak to your Ward Councillor or attend the next Parish Council Meeting and voice your opinion.  There has been so much growth this year and many people are struggling to get on top of it especially with this heat.  But I do agree with you it is a bally nuisance when you have to step into the road because of an overgrown hedge or a thoughtlessly parked car. 

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Have to agree the wet weather, followed by the heat, has ensured that a lot of hedges have got a bit out of control.  However cutting of hedges can only be done at the appropriate time of year for both the type of hedge and in consideration of nesting birds.  RSPB recommends hedgecutting is avoided between March and August to protect nesting birds https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/gardening-for-wildlife/plants-for-wildlife/garden-hedges/hedge-law/

I would suggest that you keep an eye on the hedge and if its not sorted in August then follow the recommendations of the previous poster.

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Hello Liveslocal. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate that we must protect wildlife, but the hedges in question are not just this seasons growth but have been neglected for years. Particularly bad all along Hampton Park Road.

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Hello Raymond, we have the same problem south of the ricer too. The people who own the houses have a duty to keep the footpaths clear of their own hedges and tree's, I agree with Denise, speak with you local councillor, name they can discuss this with the owners of the offending overgrowth directly or possible even send them a letter outlining the issues that this is causing pedestrians.

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Using the council 'report a problem' process I regularly report issues such as this. 

Nothing gets done

Nothing will get done

They - the council and 'Half Soaked Betty' - do not care

It's not about money - it's about dealing with an issue early before it becomes a problem.

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I took a walk into town and back this evening and I struggled to walk on some sections of the footpath because of overgrown bushes and trees. Have a look for yourselves;

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Overgrown and unkept trees;

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I have mentioned this several times in the past but I still have big concerns over about these few trees here on the Belmont Road, just the other side of the iron bridge heading into the city. A good storm and these trees will be down onto the main road. The roots are that big that they have dislodged the bricks from the wall.   

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Oh dear, it does seem as if we will have to wait until some poor soul is killed by stepping into the road to avoid this negligence. I hope that those that have caused these obstructions will never sleep soundly in their beds ever again.

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2 hours ago, Raymond Sysum said:

Oh dear, it does seem as if we will have to wait until some poor soul is killed by stepping into the road to avoid this negligence. I hope that those that have caused these obstructions will never sleep soundly in their beds ever again.

These latest photographs are on the public highway and Balfour Beatty are the contractors responsible.

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UPDATE: This is nothing to do with nesting birds because the good news is that this section of the Belmont Road has now been cut back since we published this topic a few days ago as you will see from the photographs that we have added however, the other side of the road is still to be done

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