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Overhanging vegetation

Reported via mobile in the Tree Requires Pruning category anonymously at 16:33, Tuesday 21 June 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

Branches/bushes encroaching on to pavement area and making it very difficult to pass anyone. Useless you want to be kerb side and have a bus try and take your head off with its wing mirror

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  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 16:33, Tuesday 21 June 2022

  • Hello Simon,

    I met up with you last year in April regarding the bush and ivy bank areas on Station Road, between Orchard Grove and Orpington Train Station, if you recall? It seems nothing has been done so far regarding the station area which is sprouting large thorn branches and is very dangerous, especially to sight impaired people. We are now coming to the end of June and still no-one from the houses or station have done anything.

    Could you possibly contact your colleagues (I cannot get hold of anyone without a very long wait time) to contact the residents to drastically cut back the overhang and ensure they do this annually when the bushes start growing again (March/April time?). Also to remind Network Rail of their obligations too and ask that they cut the blackberry bushes back to the shortest possible length, to allow for growth without the need for them to re-trim in the following months.

    It is extremely dangerous to walk up the very narrow pavement without being forced to stand in the road or be attacked by the thorns when another person is coming from the opposite direction. Furthermore, elderly people and those with footing and balance issues (including myself) often walk, looking down at the pavement and are unaware of these overhead growths until they get hit in the head, especially in windy weather.

    I think this will need to be an annual task so rather than disturbing yourself, perhaps you can give me a direct number and name that I may contact – ready for next year’s moan 😊.

    Many thanks to you and with kind regards,

    Posted anonymously at 20:00, Wednesday 22 June 2022

  • We are continuing to investigate and working to resolve this report

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:29, Thursday 23 June 2022

  • We have notified the responsible party of their duties and responsibilities and informed them that further enforcement action may be taken if the issue is not resolved. For overhanging vegetation reports please allow 28 days for the responsible party to arrange action before notifying us of any continued obstruction.

    State changed to: third party responsibility

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:13, Wednesday 29 June 2022

  • This is still a problem and not just in this one spot. A lot of vegetation needs cutting back from this point upto Orpington station

    Posted anonymously at 14:15, Saturday 16 July 2022

  • Thank you for your additional comments

    As the area covers multiple owners including unregistered land, LBB are currently awaiting quotes from the councils service providers and also for the owners to cut back their areas of responsibility. we would be grateful if you could add further photos of areas of concern after 28 days, and we can reassess and see who may be responsible.

    LBB Neighbourhood Management Team

    Posted by Bromley Council at 08:08, Monday 18 July 2022

  • Please advise what area(s) are unregistered as it seems a large area and unlike any council not to have claimed this. Towards Orpington station, surely this is either TFL or LBBC where vegetarian is obscuring the path. In any case someone has obviously maintained this in the past and should not be different now.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 16:16, Monday 18 July 2022

  • As noted above, LBB are currently following up with land owners where they can be identified and seeking quotes from the councils service providers for those areas where no owner can be identified.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 16:36, Monday 18 July 2022

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