GALLERY: Owner of overgrown hedge given two weeks to trim it back or face paying for the council to do it

Over grown hedge narrowing the carriageway 44 meters SW of the former Elm Post office towards Friday bridge. Picture: Steve Williams. Over grown hedge narrowing the carriageway 44 meters SW of the former Elm Post office towards Friday bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
11:45 AM

Owners of an overgrown hedge that is causing drivers to swerve into the path of oncoming traffic will be given two weeks to cut it back or face paying the bill for the county council to do it on their behalf.

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Over grown hedge narrowing the carriageway 44 meters SW of the former Elm Post office towards Friday bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.Over grown hedge narrowing the carriageway 44 meters SW of the former Elm Post office towards Friday bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

The hedge, next to the now closed Post Office stores in Elm, has become so overgrown that it prompted a local resident to contact us calling for something to be done before an accident happened.

David Western, of Oldfield Avenue, Elm, said traffic had to swerve into the path of oncoming vehicles.

In the case of Norfolk Green buses or vans and lorries it made it particularly dangerous, he said.

“I have reported it several times. The hedge throws the traffic going towards the High Road out towards the centre and as it’s a slight bend oncoming traffic is not seen until the last minute.

Over grown hedge narrowing the carriageway 44 meters SW of the former Elm Post office towards Friday bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.Over grown hedge narrowing the carriageway 44 meters SW of the former Elm Post office towards Friday bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said they had inspected the hedge and were writing to the resident to deal with it.

“We will be writing to the owner requesting they cut the hedge back in two weeks.

“If they don’t we will do it and we will send them the bill.”

Over grown hedge narrowing the carriageway 44 meters SW of the former Elm Post office towards Friday bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.Over grown hedge narrowing the carriageway 44 meters SW of the former Elm Post office towards Friday bridge. Picture: Steve Williams.

Mr Western said he had raised it several times in the past year, including hosting a visit by local county councillor Gordon Gillick.

“He went back to Shire Hall and reported it,” said Mr Western. “Still nothing has happened though and the hedge seems to be growing all the time.

“I noticed the bottom of it has been trimmed a bit but cars have to stop or swerve when they approach it and it’s very dangerous.”

Parish councillor Phil Webb said he had not been made aware of the overgrown hedge but would take a look to see if the local council could take action if it was necessary.

We have been unable to contact the owner of the hedge.

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