hedges and trees and protect the public - East Sussex County Council
Land and property owners in East Sussex are being urged to protect
the public by cutting back trees and hedges which overhang the public highway.
East Sussex County Council is warning that overhanging vegetation
causes a danger to road users – in particular high-sided vehicles such as buses
or HGVs – and can block light from street lamps.
Meanwhile, vegetation which obstructs pavements also puts
pedestrians at risk, including disabled people and parents with push chairs,
who may be forced into the road.
The council is reminding landowners – including householders,
business owners and farmers – that it’s their responsibility to have their
trees regularly inspected and to cut back trees or hedges which overhang roads
Cllr Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council lead member for
transport and environment, said: “Overhanging trees or hedges which are not
properly maintained create a real danger to motorists and pedestrians -
people who own property bordering the highway need to be aware
that it’s their duty to ensure vegetation is properly maintained in order to
protect the public.”
Property owners are advised to ensure the pavement bordering their
land is clear of vegetation to a height of 8ft (2.5m) and the road is clear to
If made aware of any problems caused by overhanging vegetation,
East Sussex Highways can write to the landowner asking them to cut it back.
If no action is taken, Highways may use its own staff to cut back
the tree or hedge and bill the landowner.
The Steering Group (SG) consists of volunteers from across the Parish, plus two Parish Council representatives. Its brief is to support the Parish Council in the production of a Neighbourhood Plan.
At an informal meeting on 12th October 2016 a Chairman, Financial Controller and Secretary were confirmed. Initial work has started under the guidance of a professional planner. Details of progress and the date/agenda for coming meetings will be published on the Parish Council's notice board (located in the High Street car park) and on this website.