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Obstruction of pavement by growth on fence

Reported in the Obstruction category anonymously at 18:40, Monday 4 May 2020

Sent to Bristol City Council less than a minute later

Although living in Coombe Bridge Avenue, I have been concerned, for some years, by the growth of Russian Vine on the fence which separates the Dingle Road from the Trym Valley below running along the length of the boundary fence opposite Dinglewood Close up to the Trym Valley entrance opposite the end of Coombe Lane.

In 2006 the weight of the vine, caused by year of neglect by the BCC was such that it broke the fence posts and the wire fence creating a safety hazard to pedestrian, and after identifying the risk I successfully persuaded the BCC to repair the posts and fencing.

However, each year since the vine continues to grow over the fence and partially obstruct the pavement (see photos).

As this has been neglected by the City Council, for reasons of ownership of the land, I have, since 2005 cut back the vine myself on both sides of the fence using my own equipment and taking about 3 days each time .

Accepting the fact that the land on the Trym Valley side of the fence is privately owned, there is no reason for the BCC not to cut back the vine on the pavement side or to clear away leaves and nettles which can obstruct passersby.

I have made this appeal on several occasions to no avail so I propose taking the case up with the Mayor as it is unsatisfactory that there there appears to be a steadfast refusal to take the action I request, bearing in mind that, for the past 14 years I have tackled the job myself.

I would add that the BCC would be well advised to tackle the problem of encroaching Russian vine in a major section of the Trym Valley starting at the entrance to the Grove Road and running along to the entrance to the Trym Valley opposite Coombe Lane.

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  • A new enquiry has been raised for this issue.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 17:40, Monday 4 May 2020

  • This issue is currently under investigation. We'll provide updates on the outcome as soon as we can.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 12:36, Tuesday 5 May 2020

  • A job has been raised with our contractors to action this issue and appropriate repairs or maintenance will be undertaken as soon as they can.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 10:05, Wednesday 6 May 2020

  • A job has been raised with our contractors to action this issue and appropriate repairs or maintenance will be undertaken as soon as they can.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 10:05, Wednesday 6 May 2020

  • This enquiry is now closed. No further action is required.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 15:08, Wednesday 20 May 2020

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