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Chelmsford Hedge To Get Cut Back

January 12, 2018 7:16 PM
By Jude Deakin
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

Overgrown HedgeBeeches Road residents have complained about the state of the hedge near Beeches Crescent.

The developers of the site (Linden Homes) have been requested by the City Council to either replace the hedge with yew or cut back and maintain the existing hedge.

Linden responded to confirm that they would not wish to change the approved plans by removing the hedge and planting yew. However, they did confirm that they would make arrangements to trim back the hedge to match approved plans submitted. This plan showed that the hedge would be pruned back from the footpath. Cllr Jude Deakin said, "This has been going on long enough, time Linden faced up to their responsibilities as set out in the planning permission they received to build here".

The Highways Authority are also aware of the concerns that have been raised (restricting the visibility at the junction between Beeches Road and Beeches Crescent and obstructing the footpath). I understand that Essex County Council have formally contacted Linden to request that the hedge be trimmed back. Local resident Jennifer Lardge said, "This has a particular impact on residents with impaired vision, those in wheelchairs or pushing buggys. We shouldn't have to dodge the hedge to walk to the shops or the bus stop".

Linden have arranged for contractors to inspect the hedge and provide quotes for the works. We wait to be advised when a date for the works to be carried out has been confirmed.