Report overgrown vegetation / injurious weeds

Page updated on: 12/10/2023

We have in place a schedule of verge cutting over the summer months which is designed to maintain road safety, ensure visibility, provide areas for pedestrians to step off the carriageway if there are no footways and to stop unwanted species establishing. Our verge maintenance has also been developed to safeguard important areas of habitat with some areas cut early or later in the season to allow native species to flourish.

You can report overgrown vegetation and invasive weeds which are:

  • Obstructing a sign
  • Limiting visibility or poor visibility
  • Overhanging or overgrown

To report, the following information would be extremely useful:

  • Area Location - street name/address/landmark and use the map to locate or describe where it is exactly
  • Photo - you can take a photo on your smartphone where it is safe to do so and upload it
  • Description of issue

Invasive weeds in our area include:

  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Giant hogweed
  • Himalayan balsam
  • Ragwort

We are not responsible for:

  • Trees / shrubs causing an obstruction from a private property

Homeowners / landowners are responsible for the maintenance of any trees, hedges or shrubbery on to a public highway. If any vegetation from a private property restricts pedestrians or is dangerous to vehicular traffic, action can be taken under the Highways Act 1980. We shall give notice to owners, and seek their cooperation in trimming back the offending vegetation. However, after the expiry of the notice, we may arrange for works to be undertaken and recover the costs reasonably incurred from the owners.

Report overgrown / inJURIOUS weeds 

To report an emergency, please contact us during office hours on 01267 234567 or outside normal office hours on 0300 333 2222. During severe weather, you may have to hold the line for an operator. Incidents will be dealt with in priority order.

Please note: Issues reported outside of office hours will be reviewed the next working day, subject to available resources.


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