Kingston Council draw complaints from neighbours after trimming hedges

These hedges were cut down in Burton Road

These hedges were cut down in Burton Road

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Council workers got a little trim happy in Kingston – after sawing hedges almost in half.

Residents in Burton Road were dumbfounded after environmental rangers trimmed about a dozen hedges in the street last Friday.

Tim Lidbetter, who has lived in the road for 22 years, said: “It’s never happened before.

“The sticks are sticking out – sharp bits. They don’t think they have done anything wrong.

“They think it was on the pavement causing a hazard but it’s far more hazardous now then it was then.

"With all the sharp edges at the height of a toddlers face, this is an eyesore in more senses than one.”

Meanwhile, over in Sutton, a hedge has been cut in the shape of Zippy from Rainbow...

Mr Lidbetter said he had received a letter from the council informing him about work that was due to be carried out, but did not expect anything this “drastic”.

A Kingston Council spokesman said: "The council has a duty to keep the public highway free for everyone, including people with disabilities or who are visually impaired for whom overhanging vegetation can be a severe hindrance.   

"A council inspector spoke to the resident on 24 July and asked if it was all right to cut back the hedge. She agreed.

"The next day, before the hedge was cut the ranger spoke to her again to clarify that it was ok.

"Again the resident was happy.

"Unhappy with the finished result, the resident asked if the council ranger would remove the whole hedge if she paid him. He declined."

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2:43pm Wed 30 Jul 14

SteveC1964 says...

The job looks good to me. Some people do let their hedges and trees grow beyond their boundaries and it restricts the available footway. If the council have cut the hedge in half it was 50% too wide in the first place. Home owners shouldn't let hedges and trees get out of control.
The job looks good to me. Some people do let their hedges and trees grow beyond their boundaries and it restricts the available footway. If the council have cut the hedge in half it was 50% too wide in the first place. Home owners shouldn't let hedges and trees get out of control. SteveC1964
  • Score: 29

5:40pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Simbali says...

Overgrown vegetation is a severe hazard to visually impaired people as are the wheelie bins left strewn across the pavements. Sadly there are a lot of people who don't seem to be very considerate of others these days. The residents should be billed for the Council's time in trimming back their property!
Overgrown vegetation is a severe hazard to visually impaired people as are the wheelie bins left strewn across the pavements. Sadly there are a lot of people who don't seem to be very considerate of others these days. The residents should be billed for the Council's time in trimming back their property! Simbali
  • Score: 16

9:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

banterang says...

That hedge is definitely not coming back..
That hedge is definitely not coming back.. banterang
  • Score: -5

9:21pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Simbali says...

It's a privet so yes it will be back
It's a privet so yes it will be back Simbali
  • Score: 7

10:44pm Wed 30 Jul 14

the man on the train says...

50% is journalistic exaggeration, but this hedge has been cut back in a curved slash which goes well behind the building line. A well-kept privet hedge is not going to hurt anyone even if they do walk into it, but sharp broken off branches can do so.
Kingston's bureaucratic bullying on hedges is also hypocritical: on the day that I saw this hedge - which had never protruded onto the pavement - destroyed by the council, ours was slashed without permission. Despite this, hedges all over Kingston continued to hang over pavements far more than any hedge in this road ever had. Worst of all is the Portsmouth Road riverside - responsibility of the council - which was not only clogged by overhanging vegetation but a whole tree lay across the pavement. A serious hazard for any blind person attempting to use the narrow pavement or bus stops on that busy route into Kingston.
50% is journalistic exaggeration, but this hedge has been cut back in a curved slash which goes well behind the building line. A well-kept privet hedge is not going to hurt anyone even if they do walk into it, but sharp broken off branches can do so. Kingston's bureaucratic bullying on hedges is also hypocritical: on the day that I saw this hedge - which had never protruded onto the pavement - destroyed by the council, ours was slashed without permission. Despite this, hedges all over Kingston continued to hang over pavements far more than any hedge in this road ever had. Worst of all is the Portsmouth Road riverside - responsibility of the council - which was not only clogged by overhanging vegetation but a whole tree lay across the pavement. A serious hazard for any blind person attempting to use the narrow pavement or bus stops on that busy route into Kingston. the man on the train
  • Score: -4

12:44pm Sat 2 Aug 14

alroutemaster says...

They did someting similar to my ivy hedge, when birds were nesting in it. But they never do anything about people riding bikes on the pavement or motorists parking cars on it. Surely that is a hazard and obstruction.....
They did someting similar to my ivy hedge, when birds were nesting in it. But they never do anything about people riding bikes on the pavement or motorists parking cars on it. Surely that is a hazard and obstruction..... alroutemaster
  • Score: 5

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