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Planting on public highway

Reported via mobile anonymously at 14:18, Sat 18 December 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and Vale of White Horse District Council less than a minute later

Moderated by an administrator at 11:43, Friday 21 January 2022

The owner of 36 Fawkner Way has taken it upon themselves to plant Beech saplings and various bushes on the grass verge to prevent on street parking to the side of his property. You can clearly see the highway boundary markers , when the grass is cut , and the planting is all over that boundary. Also it’s just a mess already . Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Council ref: ENQ21912299

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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 14:18, Sat 18 December 2021

  • For Information purposes: It is an offence to plant a tree within 15 feet of the centre of a carriageway. Section 141(1) and 141(3) The Highways Act 1980.

    Posted anonymously at 19:09, Sat 18 December 2021

  • Sorry for stepping in - I live at number, right next to this, and wondered if the anonymous poster had raised it with the owner of number 36 in person before logging here?

    Posted anonymously at 16:12, Thursday 10 February 2022

  • Any progress with this issue as spring is approaching and things are starting to grow causing issues

    Posted anonymously at 20:31, Wednesday 2 March 2022

  • Large stones have also been placed on land which forms part of the highway. This causes a trip hazard when entering and leaving vehicles.

    Posted anonymously at 12:41, Sunday 13 March 2022

  • I agree the rocks/stones on the kerb are definitely a hazard and are basically on the public highway and way beyond the boundary line !!! How long before someone damaged their car or themselves on them

    Posted anonymously at 15:49, Sunday 13 March 2022

  • I know that the Council has never cut the grass verge here too.

    Posted anonymously at 15:53, Sunday 13 March 2022

  • Long grass isn’t a problem, mud , compost , rocks and planting trees and bushes is !!!

    Posted anonymously at 16:27, Sunday 13 March 2022

  • Anonymous reporting seems kind of passive aggressive - has anyone spoken to the house owner? I'm happy to go have a word if not.

    Posted by Dan Huby at 17:06, Sunday 13 March 2022

  • Dan, you do not need consent from the original anonymous reporter to "go have a word". I don't see this website as any form of aggression though; it is after-all, its purpose to receive reports of inter alia issues with the public highway which includes grass verges set aside for pedestrian traffic including predominantly reports made "anonymously". Please speak to the owner if you want to but I anticipate that if the owner refuses to remove the offending trees and vegetable gardens (which cover-up the boundary marker) and the dangerous rocks then you do not have the authority to compel him. The County Council do.

    Posted anonymously at 19:54, Sunday 13 March 2022

  • Mystery commenter: I wasn't seeking consent, I was asking if this hadn't already been tried so I don't waste my time. What a sad world we live in if issues with neighbours are reported to the council before simply talking to them.

    Posted by Dan Huby at 03:08, Monday 14 March 2022

  • Is there anyway someone from the highway/council can provide some sort of update on this issue as the planting is ongoing and now covers a BT inspection junction box cover for the surrounding houses phone/broadband connections

    Posted anonymously at 09:45, Sunday 20 March 2022

  • Someone was going to speak the man at 36 about his dumping rocks in the highway and his tree planting etc a couple of weeks ago. Obviously it did no good.

    Posted anonymously at 13:31, Sunday 20 March 2022

  • It certainly looks that way !

    Posted anonymously at 14:47, Sunday 20 March 2022

  • Planting to front of property which now covers BT inspection manhole

    Posted anonymously at 07:08, Tuesday 22 March 2022

  • Planting etc still ongoing , now several things are growing which is going to impact on people’s legal right to park on the roadside next to a public verge . Is anyone from the local authorities looking into the legality of this ??

    Posted anonymously at 19:40, Tuesday 5 April 2022

  • So I’m guessing this issue is being ignored by the local authorities then !!!!! Asked for an update, received no reply in the promised 10 day response time

    Posted anonymously at 18:29, Tuesday 19 April 2022

  • Hello. (For the benefit of the original poster). The Council do not see "updates", only the original report. If this is still going on, you should report it in a fresh report but refer the reference number of this report. The owner of the house appears to think he is the owner of the public highway - clearly he is not and clearly he is not allowed to plant on the highway (the verge is the highway) but he may not know this. Did anyone pay him a visit to explain that his actions are causing concerns? One thing though; the rocks have been present long before this post - google maps street view show the rocks in 2008.

    Posted anonymously at 20:04, Tuesday 19 April 2022

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