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28 JUL

Overhanging hedges concern along busy road

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

Concern has been raised about an overhanging hedge on a pavement next to a busy highway. There is concern that anyone with a wheel chair or mobility scooter who is going along the pavement on Cheddleton Road, adjacent to the site of Leek Golf Club, has to go onto the main road due to how far the hedges growth is hanging over the pathway.

Concern has been raised about an overhanging hedge on a pavement next to a busy highway.

There is concern that anyone with a wheel chair or mobility scooter who is going along the pavement on Cheddleton Road, adjacent to the site of Leek Golf Club, has to go onto the main road due to how far the hedges growth is hanging over the pathway.

Leek resident David Pulham sent in this photograph of the ‘offending’ hedge’ and said: “This is my eye level view of the footpath on Cheddleton Road.

I had to wait for around 30 cars to pass so I could walk in the road with my dog Wilf.

Anyone in a wheelchair or mobility scooter would have to take to the very busy main road, as there isn’t a footpath on the opposite side.”

He added: “The narrowest part is opposite the junctions of Birchall Close and Birchall Lane.”

The Leek & Moorlands Echo contacted Leek Golf Club about the hedges and Mr Pulham’s concerns.

In response, a spokesman for the golf club said: “We schedule hedge trimming for late autumn to meet our obligations regarding nesting birds. Due to an oversight on our part and staffing difficulties this work was overlooked in the autumn of 2021.

I can assure you that steps are in hand to remedy this situation you outline. However, due to the time of year any work carried out now will need to be non-aggressive.

Nevertheless we will give this matter our immediate attention and you can expect remedial work to be completed by the end of the month.”

We also contacted Staffordshire County Council as the authority with the remit of health and safety on roads in the county.

In response, councillor David Williams, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “Landowners have a responsibility to ensure that their hedges do not cause an obstruction or danger to people using footpaths or drivers using the road.

People can report issues of overgrown hedges on the MyStaffs App or at www.staffordshire.gov.uk.

Our highways teams will also raise the issues with landowners as required.”

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