Of un­sightly prob­lem

Re­spond­ing to shrub con­cerns

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Weeds Shame -

A Kent County Coun­cil spokesman said: “The ma­jor­ity of trees and shrubs next to the high­way are owned by, or be­long to, district coun­cils, parish coun­cils, hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions or pri­vate home­own­ers.

“Unchecked growth means over­hang­ing and over­grown trees and bushes can cause a dan­ger to driv­ers, pedes­tri­ans and other road users.

“If veg­e­ta­tion on pri­vate land is caus­ing a prob­lem, we send a let­ter to the owner rec­om­mend­ing they take ac­tion.

“There are le­gal steps we can take to make sure it hap­pens, but this is a last re­sort. We will then re­cover the costs from the landowner.

“Where there are road safety con­cerns we aim to bring for­ward these main­te­nance vis­its.

“We are aware of the con­cerns of lo­cal res­i­dents on Park Farm and are cur­rently car­ry­ing out shrub main­te­nance on a num­ber of roads in the area.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne

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