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Overhanging Brambles and tree suckers

Reported in the Vegetation overhanging a road or pavement from private land or property category anonymously at 10:13, Tuesday 21 July 2020

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2209792.

I reported the problem to Councillor Simmons some 6 weeks or so ago and he told me The Highways had looked at the problem and it was. British Rail problem to sort that they had requested them to do. The brambles overhang the road up to 4 feet or more and the tree suckers are growing to 6 feet or more all Ned cutting back urgently and British Rail take too long to respond. As the tree saplings and brambles scratch my car as I try to pass the parked vehicles in their respective parking spaces I ask you to cut back all these overhangs and charge British Rail and I will be submitting a claim for any scratches I can’t remove. As a ratepayer I respectfully expect some urgent action please.

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  • Thank you for your report, it will be reviewed by the appropriate team.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 10:13, Tuesday 21 July 2020

  • Brambles and trees along entirety of The Avenue, making road impassable in places when cars are parked outside of properties. Particularly outside 5 + 6 The Avenue. These need to be cut right back to railway fence. These are also obscuring yellow lines and therefore inviting illegal parking

    Posted anonymously at 15:56, Tuesday 8 September 2020

  • Hello, we followed up with Network Rail further to the most recent update and note your observations, however the Council would only intervene to cut back third party vegetation where we consider it to be a substantial safety risk.

    In this instance, The Avenue is a dead end lane with low levels of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and the overgrowth is not impinging onto the footway. We don’t consider this at a level sufficient to require immediate intervention, however we have emphasised the concerns to Network Rail.

    We will continue to monitor the situation and if not addressed then may consider alternative action.

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 11:31, Friday 18 September 2020

  • We have looked into this issue and found it is not the council's responsibility. We have passed this report to the relevant party to take action.

    Posted by Systems Team at 11:35, Friday 18 September 2020

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