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217 Hurdsfield Road, Macclesfield

Reported via desktop in the Hedge/Tree Maintenance category anonymously at 21:46, Sunday 14 August 2022

Sent to Cheshire East Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 3753532.

Bottom of conifer hedge at 217 Hurdsfield Road overhangs the public pavement. Dead branches stick out at eye level (high risk of injury to pedestrians). Although there is no minimum clearance specified in Section 154 of Highways Act 1980, the generally accepted standard is a minimum clearance of 7' 6" over the total width of the pavement. The hedge is also completely obscuring a No Waiting traffic sign on a metal pole next to the wooden telegraph pole at this site. The Cheshire East website states "Hedges and trees adjacent to Public Rights of WayHedges and trees adjacent to Public Rights of Way In most circumstances the responsibilities of the Council do not extend to the maintenance of hedges and trees at the side of Public Rights of Way. Where a hedge overhangs or obstructs a Public Right of Way, the Council has a right to remove as much of the overgrowth as is required to remove the obstruction to users. Additionally, the Council has a power to require the owners of overhanging hedges and trees to cut-back the hedge within a period of 14 days."

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    Posted by Cheshire East Council at 21:46, Sunday 14 August 2022

  • State changed to: In progress

    Updated by Cheshire East Council at 09:05, Tuesday 16 August 2022

  • Following our telephone call we consider the matter to be resolved.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Cheshire East Council at 13:32, Tuesday 23 August 2022

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