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Treebranches are growing over road

Reported in the Trees category anonymously at 22:14, Fri 26 October 2018

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 1 minute later

In the stratch from the A40 including the first corner on Kingston Hill trees have been allowed to grow onto the road, pushing traffic to the middle of a narrow road. The trees also obscure the view in the corner and drivers only spot opposing traffic late.

For safety reasons I would cut this back around 2 metres

Council ref: ENQ18818474

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 22:15, Fri 26 October 2018

  • This report is not the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council and will be passed to the relevant organisation.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 16:33, Thursday 24 January 2019

  • If it is not the county council who is responsible, where should I sent this report? I was of the impression that you would oversee the road and anything that affected the road, but correct me if I am wrong.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 20:29, Thursday 24 January 2019

  • Thank you for your report. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the owners to maintain. Part of the road also falls into the neighbbouring county. The owners have been informed of their responsibilities.

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 17:15, Friday 1 February 2019

  • Thanks for the feedback, but not much is happening. I can understand it is the landowners responsibility, but not only here, but various other places roads get narrower and traffic pushed towards the middle, thus increasing the chance of hits (or damage from trees). Is there nothing that can be done to "incentivise" landowners to take action?

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 20:43, Thursday 14 February 2019

  • I believe the following is the case: If the owner/occupier does not take corrective action within a reasonable time (the Local Authority will normally specific a time limit for the work to be completed), the Local Authority can issue a formal notice for the work to be undertaken, and if that is ignored, they can do the work and charge the owner/occupier.

    So can action not be instigated? It seems the land owner is not interested in trimming voluntarily.

    Posted anonymously at 20:52, Friday 22 February 2019

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