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Hedging obscuring visibility on road

Reported in the Grass and Hedges category anonymously at 12:31, Sat 31 August 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 4 minutes later

The residents on No 39 Mandarin Place have planted hedging on the verge around the outside of their perimeter wall & fence. The hedging along the Mallard Way side of their property has now matured to the point where it obscures the visibility of traffic coming from Newlands Drive for anyone emerging from Mandarin Place. The hedging plant nearest Mandarin Place (indicated by the arrow on the image) is almost the full width of the verge. The visibility problem is compounded by the fact that residents on the opposite side of Mallard Way legally parking outside their properties, meaning that all traffic has to use the side of the carriageway nearest No 39. You cannot see traffic coming down the road without encroaching into the carriage way which has caused a number of near misses at the Mandarin Place junction. Cutting the hedge plant back will not be enough as it would have to be cut so far back to restore visibility, it needs to be removed to effect a permanent solution In addition, they have now place 10 inch diameter logs along the edge of the Mallard Way verge by their property to prevent pedestrians reaching Newlands Drive by walking past their property - any pedestrian intending to walk along Newlands Drive towards Wantage now has to cross Mallard Way by Mandarin Place, walk the 15m up to Newlands and then cross back. Which is exactly what I had to do to reach the back of my property.

Council ref: ENQ19841567

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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 12:35, Sat 31 August 2019

  • Thank you for your report. We will contact the hedge owners and advise them this needs cutting back.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:25, Mon 2 September 2019

  • Sorry the photo is sideways. The hedging had not yet been cut back. This is the view when stopped at the junction. All traffic is sharing the carriageway nearest the house due to parking on the opposite side of Mallard Way which, as you can see, is totally invisible. I had a near miss because I couldn't see a gentleman with a toddler crossing the road from left to right beyond that shrub. If it wasn't there I would have seen them.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 00:18, Mon 28 October 2019

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