Complaints over overgrown hedges in Bexhill

Colin Hagedorn believs hedges in a lane between Rowan Gardens and Pebsham Lane are dangerously overgrown
Colin Hagedorn believs hedges in a lane between Rowan Gardens and Pebsham Lane are dangerously overgrown

A resident is complaining over the state of a ‘hazardous’ hedgerow in Bexhill and claims the council will not do anything about it.

Colin Hagedorn believes Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council ignore his requests for the hedges in a lane between Rowan Gardens and Pebsham Lane to be trimmed.

He said the bushes are dangerous as someone could hurt themselves if they accidentally walked into them in the dark.

But the county council said the hedges are not their responsibility as the bushes are on private property.

“It’s the houses that run either side of the twins, their hedges are all overgrown and have a lot of brambles mixed up in them,” Mr Hagedorn said.

“Someone’s going to walk straight into it in the dark.

“What annoys me is the seafront is spick and span but they seem to forget about the back waters of Bexhill.

The people at the town hall reception were not interested, they didn’t take any details or anything.

“Our local councillor Charles Clark tried to sort it out but it’s so slow.

“There are a lot of people that moan and grown and do nothing but I’m the sort where I give some a chance but if they do nothing but I do it myself.”

Mr Hagedorn said the problem has been going on for months.

If the council find overhanging vegetation, they write to the landowner asking them to cut it back.

If it still hasn’t been done in 14 days it can issue a notice under section 154 of the Highways Act requiring them to cut it back within 28 days.

If 28 days goes by and they still haven’t done it, it can cut it back and bill the landowner for the work.

A county council spokesman said: “The county council is responsible for maintaining some hedges on highway land, which are maintained where they become a nuisance or hazard.

“However, when vegetation from a private residence overhangs a road or footpath, as in this case, it is the responsibility of the landowner to cut it back.

“Now that we’ve been made aware of this particular case we will send one of our officers to Rowan Gardens to look into this matter.”

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