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Green St Green common, Sevenoaks Road, BR6

Reported via desktop in the Grass needs cutting category anonymously at 12:14, Thursday 21 July 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

• Please give brief details of your complaint or compliment below Green St Green common, Sevenoaks Road, BR6 - Since the railings were put in place to deter travellers camping on this green space, it quickly became an area nominated to be left to go wild and allow grasses to grow, being cut just once a year. This is obviously because it is now much more time consuming to strim around the barriers and also to get access for tractors and lawnmowers. A very large area under the trees lining the road, but also the whole area on the opposite side of the road has been left to go wild. Unfortunately, it means that local people can no longer use quite a large area of this land, you cannot sit under the trees for shade for a picnic, for example, and dog walkers cannot walk their dogs in these areas for fear of them picking up ticks. I do realise that cost cuts have to be made and cutting grass is an easier cut to make than to reduce services to the elderly or children. However, given the recent extremely dry and hot weather and the fires seen around the South East this week, we have become very concerned about the very real health and safety risk of fire. I notice that the areas around the barriers lining the road have actually at last been trimmed. However, particularly the narrower area of green (on the side of Osgood Avenue) would pose a serious threat to property and life should a fire start in this area. There is a bungalow actually situated on that area which is now surrounded by waist high, bone dry grass. Any fire starting in this section would quickly engulf the property, plus all the trees at the boundary and subsequently the many houses along there, potentially going up to properties at the beginning of Osgood Avenue

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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: http://www.bromley.gov.uk/ fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:14, Thursday 21 July 2022

  • Our contractor has been notified to take the appropriate action.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 08:10, Friday 22 July 2022

  • 6 Aug 2021: Photo of Naturalised Grassland Area a year ago "set aside for wildlife ... localised flora is left to mature creating a corridor of green space sites enabling insects and other species to thrive".

    23 Jul 2022: Photos of half-mile walk/jogway being cut following desire lines around The Green.

    Posted by Friends of Green Street Green Common at 12:17, Sunday 31 July 2022

  • Email received csc 08/08/22 15.34 Further to your response on 22 July 2022 to my complaint about the overgrown grass areas along Sevenoaks Road, near to Warren Road and Osgood Avenue, you mentioned in your reply that your operative would be instructed to deal with the matter. Unfortunately, nothing appears to have been done and given the continuing dry weather predicted to get worse and for the foreseeable future, this continues to pose a very real fire safety risk to properties in the vicinity. Given the recent house fires caused due to overgrown undergrowth, etc recently, please could you make this a matter of urgency to be dealt with. Many thanks for your prompt attention. • What action (if any) would you like us to take? Cutting back of overgrown grass areas. • Have you already spoken to somebody in the Council about this matter? yes • If yes, and you know who you spoke to please provide details and dates. Previous complaint submitted via this form and your ref given as 3694322.

    Posted anonymously at 12:23, Wednesday 10 August 2022

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

    Posted by Bromley Council at 17:20, Wednesday 10 August 2022

  • Thankfully, we have some rain today, but the wild grass area running along Sevenoaks Road, near Osgood, is still a fire hazard. These 'wild' areas are all well and good away from residential areas, but they are simply not appropriate, attractive, but most importantly they are unsafe when so close to houses. In this instance, a bungalow is actually surrounded by the long, dry grass and weeds. This area is totally unsuitable to be left like this and a real danger.

    Posted anonymously at 12:40, Tuesday 16 August 2022

  • We have investigated this report and have made contact with the report originator to outline further details. This report is now closed on FixMyStreet.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:55, Wednesday 17 August 2022

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