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Overgrown hedge forcing pedestrians onto road

Reported in the Obstruction category anonymously at 22:36, Saturday 18 May 2019

Sent to Bristol City Council 4 minutes later

The overgrown hedge at 85 Redland Road is forcing pedestrians to step out onto the road if anyone is walking the other way and 2 people need to pass. This is a risk at all times but particularly on recycling days when the recycling boxes and bins reduce even further the available pavement. This is immediately adjacent to a blind corner where a car turning out of Zetland Road could immediately collide with anyone on the roadway without warning. I reported this problem a year or two ago. In response there was a minor cutting back of the hedge which improved matters temporarily. But for several years now the hedge at 85 Redland Road has taken up nearly half the available pavement and is inconveniencing pedestrians and sometimes putting pedstrians at risk by forcing them onto the road close to a blind corner. I really think the owners of the property should be expected to cut the hedge back to the boundary wall and return the whole width of the pavement to pedestrians. That would then be the point the hedge should be pruned to on a regular basis rather than a superficial trim which simply repeats the problem a little later.

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  • Enquiry raised.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 21:40, Saturday 18 May 2019

  • Under investigation.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 08:35, Monday 20 May 2019

  • Customer follow up.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 08:15, Friday 7 June 2019

  • Hedge is still blocking half the pavement. Each Friday the recycling boxes are left out blocking the *other* half of the pavement, instead of outting them up against the wall. This makes it impossible to get by safely with a pushchair. This pavement is on the way to Cotham Gardens primary school (Elmgrove) and is heavily used by parents and small children.

    Posted anonymously at 09:11, Friday 7 June 2019

  • Customer follow up.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 08:45, Friday 28 June 2019

  • Getting worse and worse. Completely blocked this morning.

    Posted anonymously at 09:40, Friday 28 June 2019

  • Customer follow up.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 11:50, Friday 28 June 2019

  • I am wondering why Bristol City Council run this site. Nothing has been done about this safety/inconvenience issue more than a month since the complaint was made this year. Please note that this issue has also been reportd in the past and the homeowner has been allowed to keep the hedge in its overgrown state with only a superficial cut more than a year ago

    Posted anonymously at 12:50, Friday 28 June 2019

  • Reallocated.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 10:50, Monday 1 July 2019

  • Job raised.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 09:51, Thursday 11 July 2019

  • Customer follow up.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 12:20, Thursday 11 July 2019

  • The hedge has had a superficial trim but the cutting back has not taken the hedge anywhere near the property boundary. The hedge still takes up at least half the pavement. So, there has been some improvement. The hedge is less intrusive in that it now only blocks half the pavement. Pedestrians can now, just, pass between the hedge and the street furniture in single file without contacting the hedge. However, as soon as the hedge grows, a matter of weeks, the problem will return. If the recent cutting is meant to be a solution, it will need to be repeated every few weeks to allow safe and easy passage for pedestrians

    Posted anonymously at 13:17, Thursday 11 July 2019

  • Job raised.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 13:20, Thursday 11 July 2019

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