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Shrubs not being maintained on footpath

Reported via mobile in the Grass and Hedges category anonymously at 08:48, Thursday 30 June 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

Raising again as previous investigation closed. I have contacted Cherwell District Council about this again. They said “I suggest you go back to OCC and ask why they cannot invoke a Section 154 as part of the Highways Act which gives the authority powers to require the removal or cutting back of trees, shrubs and hedges that obstruct or endanger highway users. The District Council does not have this statutory power in this instance nor does it have any legal ownership of adjoining land to the footpath.”

There are in fact shrubs on both sides of the footpath that have adjacent properties and parked cars yet only one part is maintained by the council. So why are some of the shrubs maintained and some are not when most of the shrubs have adjacent properties anyway.

Council ref: ENQ22928451

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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 08:48, Thursday 30 June 2022

  • We have investigated your report and this issue has been added to a programme of work to cut back vegetations.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:48, Monday 4 July 2022

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