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Overgrown hedge blocking entrance to laneway

Reported via desktop in the Obstruction category anonymously at 11:44, Tuesday 1 June 2021

Sent to Bristol City Council less than a minute later

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Laneway entrance is between 5 and 9 Barrow Hill Road (There has never been a house for number 7) hedge is now wildly overgrown. The hedge is in number 9 Barrow Hill Road garden and this house is council property. The tennant living at number 9 has disability. The hedge now looks like an invastion of triffids and despite neighbours contacting the council reportingall this by letter and phonecalls and even reporting online we are not getting anywhere. Neighbours are not able to use the lane at present to put their cars in their garages etc. My mum cannot use it an alternative exit for her to be wheeled out in a wheelchair and get into my sister's or my cousin's car in the laneway as the hedge is a big obstacle. I cannot let mum try out her mobility scooter either due to the state of the lane and I can't use the lane either. (I have a skip to book to get rid of a lot of rubbish and old furniture transporting some from my mum's back garden to the front of the house where the skip will be - I won't be moving the rubbish friends of mine will as I can't do it due to fibromyalgia - this can't be done until the hedge is cut back) If the council won't cut the hedge can they remove it completely and put in a wire fence or whatever the council now choose to replace such isores. Myself and my neighbours are now getting desperate. Can the weeds in the laneway also be killed off at the same time as you can see from the photo lack of use with cars etc travelling up and down the lane has resulted in the weeds going bonkers.

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  • A new enquiry has been raised for this issue.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 11:44, Tuesday 1 June 2021

  • What does it take for Bristol City Council to clear the lane way where the entrance is between 5 & 9 Barrow Hill Road? There is an overgrown hedge in number 9 Barrow Hill Road that is so overgrown it is now blocking the entrance/exit to the lane way. (Resident at number 9 has disabilities) There is fly tipping that needs to be cleared in the lane way, the weeds in the lane way are overgrown, never cut back by Bristol City Council. Under normal circumstances this is kept down with continual use of cars driving up and down the lane way or people exiting/entering their back gardens with cycles, mobility scooters or just walking. However due to the overgrown hedge no-one can use the lane way at the moment and it is of the upmost urgency this needs to resolved once and for all. It is a health and safety issue due to fly tipping and broken glass/mirrors, rats and mice throughout the lane way, so environmental will need to be called in on this as well, a fire hazard, if emergency services need to access the back lane way due to a fire, accident or police need to attend an incident in an emergency, failure to make the lane way accessible could cost someone's life. I have had to cancel a hospital appointment for my mum for tomorrow because she needs access to the lane way via our back garden to use a wheelchair and have a car in the lane to pick her up and bring her back home. (The front steps to the house are no longer safe enough to use by mum due to mobility/disability issues) I have also had to cancel a trip out on Sunday with family as mum needs to get to the car via the back lane. It is on the flat for wheelchair use and makes mum's life so mum easier. She also can't use her mobility scooter due to the overgrown hedge/fly tipping issue. The complaints have been submitted for nearly 8 months and still nothing is done. Does Bristol City Council have a problem with people with disabilities because my mum's quality of life, she is 86 years old, is being affected by your inaction to get this sorted? As residents we need access to this lane way, it is a right of way for us all. The overgrown hedge is right across the lane way touching the garden wall at number 5 Barrow Hill Road and in places encroaching into their garden. Maybe the media is the next step to get this situation resolved. Councillors are involved and so is SCAF (Shirehampton Community Action Forum) trying to get this huge problem sorted.

    Posted anonymously at 20:27, Thursday 1 July 2021

  • A citizen has provided a follow-up to the original enquiry.

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 20:27, Thursday 1 July 2021

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

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 12:22, Thursday 8 July 2021

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

    Posted by Bristol City Council at 12:56, Thursday 8 July 2021

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