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Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 31 May, 2007 - 12:29 pm:   

Many years ago I received a note from the council instructing me to cut back hedges etc with overhung the pavement otherwise action would be taken. I had no problem with this as was an oversight on my part and agree important to keep pavement clear.
There are some horofic examples at present . Bottom of Ewelme and Devonshire seem bad examples
Have the council stopped inspecting or just given up.
What would be the legal situation if a blind person , or anyone else for that matter , injures themselves. Does anyone know please.??
Has anyone received a letter from the council on this matter recently.
Joined 01-12-2005
Posted on Thursday, 31 May, 2007 - 12:43 pm:   

I agree, Devonshire Road is awful at the moment, not helped by a Punto owner parking half way into the pavement next to an enormous bush that between them leave no room for pedestrians.
Joined 18-04-2005
Posted on Thursday, 31 May, 2007 - 12:53 pm:   

I agree people seem to park on the pavement where ever they want , no thought seems to be of pedestrians able bodied or otherwise.
Must look out for the Punto.
Seems to be far more vans and trucks also clogging up the road. Surely they should be in lorry park.
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 31 May, 2007 - 01:08 pm:   

I suggest that you use this link to report the problem to lewisham Council:
Joined 09-01-2007
Posted on Thursday, 31 May, 2007 - 01:22 pm:   

There has been other threads on the parking issue. Basically you can get a ticket, but obviously it depends on enforcement. I live on Devonshire road and the walk to the station in the morning, especially on a Wednesday when the bins are out can be a bit of an assult couse. I know from my own garden that things are a bit lush at present, but the weather in May hasn't been exactly condusive to getting the shears out

P.S. I'm a bit of fair weather gardener!
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Thursday, 31 May, 2007 - 01:49 pm:   

They would leave themselves open to action for the tort of negligence, I reckon
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 31 May, 2007 - 02:33 pm:   

Highway nuisance - I suspect.
Joined 02-01-2007
Posted on Thursday, 31 May, 2007 - 02:46 pm:   

On Codrington Hill we have a blind lady who is lovely and she has asked some people to cut their hedge as it has not become a real problem for her (and most people who have to swerve to avoid the branches). She even offered to lend them the tools. Nothings as happened and it makes me cross.
Joined 11-01-2007
Posted on Friday, 01 June, 2007 - 11:14 am:   

I don't suppose the blind lady might like to take a walk along Garthorne Road? Some shocking overhanging hedges there (though thankfully the kerbs are too high to encourage people to park on the footpath). Oh, and we also have the council-refuse-worker-created weekly assault course as the bins are strewn across the footpath on a Wednesday morning.

What is the consensus on just knocking someone's door and asking them to cut their hedge back? Good idea, or unlikely to provoke a constructive response these days?
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 01 June, 2007 - 11:24 am:   


if you knock on their door and they say "No", what will be your next step?
Presumably, report them using the link i posted above?
Then they will know who reported them.

What's wrong with the local community/safety etc. wardens taking this task onboard?

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