Reader's Letter: A short back & sides!


May I congratulate this thoughtful and kind household in Hawthorn Lane.

The reason is, they have trimmed back their hedges level with their boundary wall. This is something everyone in Wilmslow should do. Some areas have narrow pavements, and as I use a walking stick, I have problems getting past some of the very bushy overhangs.

Obviously some folk don't give a thought for others. It's about time they did. Is there a council bylaw for this?

As it's council election time maybe a councillor could tell me. I doubt it!

Reader's Letter


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Chris Hayes
Monday 8th April 2019 at 7:04 am
I regularly walk into Wilmslow from the King's Arms roundabout, and I fear that soon we pedestrians will be walking in the road!
As if the parking isn't enough of a problem, the hedges are taking over the pavements too.
Maybe a steep fine for all overgrown hedges would eliminate the problem.
Howard Piltz
Monday 8th April 2019 at 9:26 am
Here, here! Dog walking can sometimes be a nightmare.
Pete Taylor
Monday 8th April 2019 at 1:13 pm
If owners allow hedges to obstruct the footpath there is a "report it" tool at CEC. The Council will ask the owner to take action; if they do not the Council will cut the hedge and charge the owner.
James MacDonald
Monday 8th April 2019 at 1:57 pm
Totally agree. Also, the minimum height for overhanging is about 2.5 metres. This is to allow a pedestrian to walk past whilst holding an umbrella without ducking or doing a limbo dance.

If it is not overhanging shrubbery it is vehicles illegally driven on pavements to park and / or refuse bins dumped on the pavement.
Oliver Romain
Tuesday 9th April 2019 at 6:35 am
I saw the gardener trimming this hedge and thanked them for trimming back to the property boundary. Too many properties in allow hedges to grow to only allow single file access or worse.
Oliver Romain
Tuesday 9th April 2019 at 10:33 am
Thanks Pete. I see CEC we’re out in Lacey Green this morning trimming back an overhanging private hedge by the Styal Road crossing. I wonder if this is the result of reporting?
I think some owners give hedges a trim but don’t realise the extent they encroach on the footpath. Hard cutting is required sometimes.
It’s nesting season now, so hedges need a good inspection, to check for nests, prior to a hard cut.
Marcia McGrail
Monday 22nd April 2019 at 8:02 pm
It's the modern day disease of 'if I can't see it and it doesn't affect me, shan't bother with it'.
Pedestrians are an endangered species due to the carelessness of encroaching hedging, dog poop, pavement parking, poorly positioned bins and myriad other hazards.
Yet health professionals encourage us to walk! Where?
Robert Farr
Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 4:45 pm
Overgrown hedge between the exit of Meadow Way onto Knutsford Road going south mean I cannot support my handicapped wife along this stretch. Neither the owner nor CEC appear to care about the inconvenience or danger this poses.