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Grass and weeds blocking vision base Cumnor hill

Reported via desktop in the Grass and Hedges category anonymously at 08:29, Saturday 10 July 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

Vision is being blocked for traffic turning right onto Enysham road, of the oncoming traffic down The Cumnor hill, at the bottom by speed camera.

Council ref: ENQ21900288

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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 08:30, Saturday 10 July 2021

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    It would appear that someone has attempted to cut some of this foliage down in order to improve visibility, no doubt. However, this foliage (a buddleia and other smaller plants) needs removing completely and forever, as I have reported this plant growing and blocking vision for vehicles turning right from West Way into Eynsham Road every summer for the past few years and yes, it gets cut down, but it comes back stronger than ever each year! I am deeply concerned that this may hamper the visibility and mean that a car driver that only makes a cursory look before turning right into Eynsham Road may knock over a cyclist coming down Cumnor Hill who is hidden by this overgrown plant.

    Posted anonymously at 18:32, Friday 23 July 2021

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    Thank you for your report. I have visited the site you pinpointed on the map, on Cumnor Hill at the B4044 West Way/Eynsham Road junction, see photos.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:37, Friday 30 July 2021

  • Thank you for your report. I have visited the site you pinpointed on the map, on Cumnor Hill at the B4044 West Way/Eynsham Road junction and assessed the issue you have identified. Since, as you say, 'someone has attempted to cut some of this foliage down' visibility along the road is reasonably good, see photos, therefore this issue doesn't meet our current intervention criteria.

    With regards to your request to 'remove it completely and forever', I have checked The Environment Agencies' list of noxious or invasive non-native plants (The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 - Section 14 - Schedule 9 - Part 2) to see if it's on there and it's not.

    So due to these facts and also annual budgetary constraints we can't remove this vegetation 'completely and forever'.

    We will, however, cut this vegetation down soon.

    To contact the Environment Agency:
    Phone: 03708 506 506* (Mon-Fri 8-6)
    Email: enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk or visit our
    Website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk
    Incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60 (24hrs)
    For their list of noxious or invasive non-native plants, see these web pages: https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/ media/ 1725/ managing-invasive-non-native-plants.pdf
    Or: http://www.ukwildlife.com/ index.php/ wildlife-countryside-act-1981/ schedule-9/ schedule-9-part-2/

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 16:13, Friday 30 July 2021

  • Thank you for response. I do find it somewhat amusing that this buddleia, which has self-seeded (no-one in their right mind would have planted this here on a traffic island in front of a speed camera!) can remain as it is not on the of "noxious or invasive non-native plants (The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 - Section 14 - Schedule 9 - Part 2)". The fact that it grows up every year and has to be cut back (either by the council or a concerned member of the public - which incidentally was not me!) does not enter in the reason why it should be removed. Nor does the fact that it grows up quickly and obscures the vision of drivers of vehicles and cyclists coming down Cumnor Hill does not seem to enter into the argument. I hope you will cut the vegetation down soon and remove the cuttings! I look forward to flagging this vegetation up to the council again in due course when it grows back and again obscures vision. PS I am not a tree hater, I have several buddleia in my garden and I am well aware of its status.

    Posted anonymously at 17:21, Friday 30 July 2021

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    Thank you for your report. I have visited this site again. This vegetation has been cut back, see photo.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:31, Thursday 12 August 2021

  • Thank you for your report. I have visited this site again. This vegetation has been cut back, see photo. I am therefore closing this report.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:32, Thursday 12 August 2021

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