Hazard #93095

29 Dec 2013 - 23:22AddedReporter
29 Dec 2013 - 23:28CommentReporterYour duty under the Highways Act 1980 to ensure that legitimate users have the use of the highway INCLUDING any waste that forms part of it. This means the verge must not be unreasonably obstructed. If this obstructing vegetation is growing in the verge then it is your job to cut it back . If it is bart of a boundary hedge or is growing in the adjacent land then your duty is to make the occupier cut it back or failing that to do it and charge the occupier.
30 Dec 2013 - 00:20ReportedCTC
2 Jan 2014 - 19:27Reference addedHighway authorityHighway Authority reference updated.
5 Oct 2015 - 22:27Report againReporterOn this busy Main Road this obstruction is dangerous. The trees and bushes together with brambles are sticking out well over the carriageway to the point at which the HGVs trim them. This is not acceptable. It is very dangerous as cyclists have to ride well out from the edge resulting in dangerous passing by high speed vehicles. Most of these offending shrubs appear to be growing in the highway verge so are LCC's responsibility. This verge hasn't been properly cut for years. Even if some of the bushes are growing out over the wall you are failing in your duty under the Highways Act. Get it sorted and the verge properly cleaned up and keep it that way. I have added several Pictures. Look at them.
5 Oct 2015 - 23:20ReportedCTC
12 Oct 2015 - 10:20Reference addedHighway authorityHighway Authority reference updated.
5 Aug 2016 - 22:26Report againReporterIt is almost three years since I first reported this dangerous situation. I have now added a further four photos of evidence to this report on the fillthathole website. These overhanging trees and bushes cause a serious hazard on this fast and busy A6070 by forcing cyclists and pedestrians out a long way into the carriageway and also by restricting forward visibility on the left hand bend. While some of these trees may be the adjacent owner's responsibility many are outside his wall in the verge and are your responsibility. This is gross dereliction of your duty under the highways acts.
5 Aug 2016 - 23:20ReportedCTC
10 Sep 2016 - 20:53Report againReporterWhat are you doing about this dangerous obstruction? I was down this road 8/9/2016 and there is still no action.
10 Sep 2016 - 21:20ReportedCTC
21 Apr 2017 - 20:11Reference addedHighway authorityHighway Authority reference updated.
13 Jul 2017 - 22:34Report againReporterYou have still done nothing to remove the dangerous vegetation and ensure the whole of the highway including the verge is useable. Pedestrians need to be able to escape onto this verge. You are in breach of your statutory duties under the Highways Act and this will now be raised as a formal complaint going to the ombudsman. See more Photos.
13 Jul 2017 - 23:30ReportedCTC
3 Aug 2017 - 14:25Reference addedHighway authorityHighway Authority reference updated.
28 Mar 2018 - 10:34FixedReporterMost of the trees and bushes on this verge have at last been cut back well clear of the edge of the road and most of the debris removed from the road though it could still benefit from another sweep. It is a lot safer now.
BUT why did it take from a first report in December 2013 till early 2018 to get this dangerous situation improved? There was a complaint every year but it took a formal complaint to the council complaint committee to get any action from LCC Highways. Are you now going to ensure this verge is properly mown at least once every year to ensure this scrub doesn't quickly re-grow?
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