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Overgrown Trees blocking vision on junction

Reported via desktop in the Overgrown tree/hedges category by Maria Vincent at 14:21, Friday 9 July 2021

Sent to Lincolnshire County Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 401135.

I have now received two written complaints and numerous verbal complaints regarding the visibility when turning out of the Church Lane junction onto fast moving traffic of A16. Each year we contact the landowner to ask him to cut the trees back (behind a fence on his land) and receive little response, The Parish Council have now requested that the County Council prune the trees back. As a secondary matter, it is also difficult to now walk or ride a bicycle on the path as the trees encroach on it. We are very concerned that a tragic accident will happen due to the vision impeded when trying to turn (especially right) onto the main road.

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  • Thank you for your report. We will investigate and make an update to this report within 14 days.

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 14:21, Friday 9 July 2021

  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Lincolnshire County Council at 07:48, Monday 12 July 2021

  • We are sorry but we are not taking immediate action with this report because Lincolnshire County Council is not permitted to prune any hedges/trees under Natural England regulations. Lincolnshire County Council recommends that the Parish continue to contact the owner of the trees regarding the issue. Thank you for reporting this matter.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 12:43, Friday 16 July 2021

  • As the bird nesting season will have now finished the Parish Council requests again that these trees be trimmed back to allow for better vision for drivers pulling out from the Church Lane / A16 junction into the A16's fast moving traffic. There is also an issue for walkers/cyclists trying to use the footpath to the bus shelter as it is becoming covered with overgrowth from the trees/hedges where the verge narrows.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Maria Vincent at 17:46, Thursday 2 September 2021

  • Thank you for your report. We will investigate and make an update to this report within 14 days.

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 14:48, Saturday 11 September 2021

  • We need to investigate this report. We will contact you again when an update is available.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 07:20, Monday 13 September 2021

  • The Local Highways Officer has visited the site regarding the visibility complaint. After inspection the Highways Officer determined that the main issue with visibility is due to the nature of the location and the shape of the carriageway with numerous bends and the rise and fall of the carriageway in both directions and so it has been decided at this present time that enforcing residents to cut back vegetation will not improve the situation at this junction. Thank you for reporting this matter.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Lincolnshire County Council at 15:28, Thursday 16 September 2021

  • Further to your update, the fact that the road bends and levels rise and fall is good reason to keep the line of vision as clear as possible by cutting back the overgrowth of trees and hedges. Would you please reconsider this decision?

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Maria Vincent at 16:00, Monday 20 September 2021

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