We have been approached by a number of residents regarding the obstruction of pavements by overgrown hedges and vegetation.
Presumably the combination of heat, humidity and rainfall have combined this year to cause more than proportional growth of our hedges!
That said and in advance of writing this story, this member of the webteam did google the topic and it would appear that overgrown vegetation obstructing a pavement is the responsibility of the owner of the land upon which it is situated and that the owner has a legal obligation to keep vegetation from encroaching on the highway.
Apparently local Councils may serve a 'hedge cutting notice' which states that the trees or hedges need to be cut back within 28 days. If the landowner fails to do this, the notice may be enforceable in court.
So a plea, from those walkers who enjoy strolling around our village, from parents with buggies and young children, from members of our community who rely on mobility vehicles, from dogwalkers and more – might we make an effort to get Tattenhall hedges back in order. Having to physically step off the pavement to avoid vegetation (particularly in some areas of the village on blind bends) is a 'step' too far.