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Overhanging shrubs and trees on southern bypass between houses 145 - 163

Reported via desktop in the Grass and Hedges category anonymously at 19:51, Thu 25 August 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

This end of the street has been ignored for over a year. the shrubs and trees opposite the houses are overhanging so badly that if a car is parked on street it is very difficult to pass. if you can access it`s so overgrown your car will be scratched

Council ref: ENQ22932500

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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 19:51, Thu 25 August 2022

  • Thank you for your report. I have visited the site you pinpointed on the map, opposite 145-163 Southern By-Pass Road, see photos.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 10:26, Thu 1 September 2022

  • Thank you for your report. I have visited the site you pinpointed on the map, see photos, and assessed the issue you have identified. I am re-assigning this report to the Arboriculture Team to assess and investigate this overgrown copse of trees.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 10:30, Thu 1 September 2022

  • Thank you for your report. Here is an update: The Arboriculture Team have assessed the site and concluded that the works are more suitable for undertaking under HATER (vegetation) jobs, rather than a specialist arboricultural contractor. I have, therefore, requested it be placed/logged onto the list of HATER (vegetation) jobs that will be assessed for inclusion in future programmed works, subject to there being no conflicting works and sufficient funds. This overgrown vegetation, unfortunately, doesn't meet our current, immediate, intervention criteria, so I cannot arrange a quick repair. We will continue to monitor this site during our routine inspections.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:52, Thu 22 September 2022

  • The team that have assessed the site have clearly not understood the issue!


    PHOTO - A car is parked (perfectly legally and normally on the road) and there is less than a 3 foot gap between the car and the overhanging tree / bushes, an impossible gap to drive in between.

    I do realise that there are not unlimited funds, however your team have cut back overgrown vegetation and trees in this vicinity for aesthetic reasons, this however is URGENT as you can see it is causing an everyday issue for residents.

    Posted anonymously at 17:52, Thu 22 September 2022

  • Further to the post above:

    When your team assessed this, there were clearly no cars parked on the straight part of the road (again please see above pictures and the possible gap to access when cars are parked)

    Most cars now park with 2 wheels on the pavement, and if they do, one can just about drive through the gap......however, some do not! (maybe people who are not residents, again, this is perfectly legal)

    If a car is parked in the normal way (against the kerb) which is perfectly legal, the gap is not wide enough to gain access (see above pictures)

    For the people who live at the end of the street, we regularly cannot have our bins emptied on the correct day as the lorry cannot get past the parked vehicles because of the overhanging vegetation, and some residents have had food delivery drivers refuse to deliver because the gap is not wide enough for most commercial vehicles if cars are parked in this way.

    In conclusion, if one of the houses at the end of the street needed an ambulance in an emergency situation, and a car / cars were parked in the road against the kerb (not on the pavement) and the ambulance did not have a big enough gap to drive through THIS COULD BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!

    As you can see this an urgent situation and I would implore the person responsible for this decision to re look at it.

    Many thanks

    Posted anonymously at 20:13, Thu 22 September 2022

  • I am another resident on this street and I just want to agree with this post and hope an action is taken.

    The Southern by Pass Rd has 2 halfs: The north half gets cut back every year. The south half has never been cut back for many years ! The north half has clearly a curb the whole length (which is clearly visible all along) and it is logical that the south half has a curb all the way along as well (but can only see the curb at the ends but disappears in the middle due to overgrowth and muck). But you cannot even see the curbstone because of the length of time this overgrowth has been neglected it is completely covered. Is there a curb underneath ?

    Posted anonymously at 21:39, Thu 22 September 2022

  • Latest photos.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:51, Wed 14 December 2022

  • Thank you for your report. I have revisited this site and noticed that we have cut back the overgrown vegetation, see latest photos. I am therefore closing this report.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:52, Wed 14 December 2022

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