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Tackling Overgrowing of Footpaths and Roads

May 11, 2015 11:09 AM
By Highway Steward, Kent County Council Highways & Transportation
Originally published by Tim Prater | Councillor for Sandgate & West Folkestone, Sandgate Village, Harvey West & Hythe East

Guidance from Kent Highways where vegetation from gardens is obstructing footpaths, lamp columns, reducing the width of the carriageway and affecting visibility splays.

"Every year throughout the spring and summer KCC Highways & Transportation receive numerous complaints regarding trees, hedges and other vegetation, which overhang the highway from private property. This matter can pose a number of problems for people trying to use the footways, especially if they are trying to pass with buggies, wheel chairs and scooters.

"It would be greatly appreciated if you could ensure that any trees and hedges that are bordering the Highway are maintained and cut back to your boundary which would greatly benefit all Highway users. This will help us all keep the highway safe and prevent the need for KCC Highways & Transportation writing to you requesting that you cut back your vegetation.

"So that you are aware of our requirements, please refer to the text below.

"If the boundary of your property borders the footway, then please be aware that:

"If the boundary of your property borders the carriageway, then please be aware that:

"Also, I would ask that you pay special attention to your trees, hedges and vegetation if your property is on or near a junction, and/or inside bend of the road, to maintain maximum visibility for road users."