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Overgrown laurel bushes and trees overhanging road and properties, causing a dangerous blind spot on road,

Reported in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 10:03, Thursday 9 May 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 3 minutes later. ref: 1624610.

This has already been reported via Street Doctor on the old system back in Feb (ref 964916). The issue is all down Lodge Ave, Collingtree Village, NN4 0NQ. These overgrown trees and laurel bushes are approx. 20 metres high and should be no more than 5 metres. The whole street is covered in leaves constantly and the overhang is completely covering the kerbs, hindering visibility and making it dangerous to drive down the street. There are 3 street lights immersed in the overgrowth also. the overgrowth is so bad, residents have very limited light to the properties, even on sunny days. Jayne Hawtin at NCC has been dealing with this and I now believe it is being handled by the regulations department. Jayne advised me that a 30 day enforcement notice was served on the land owners (Collingtree Golf Course) to remove all overgrowth and cut the growth to 5 metres by 18th April 2019, however the did absolutely nothing. I understand a colleague of Jaynes has been back to view this and a further 14 day notice will be served on the land owners, if not already done. I'm seeking an update please as Jayne has advised I must use the street doctor system now it's been passed to the regulations dept. It was me who initially logged the issue after NBC said it was up to NCC Highways to deal with this. Thank you

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault on the highway. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:05, Thursday 9 May 2019

  • Thank you for reporting a fault on the highway. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:36, Monday 13 May 2019

  • Hi, is it possible to get an update on this from the Regulations Dept please? Thanks

    Posted anonymously at 11:18, Monday 13 May 2019

  • A further letter has been sent out. Telephone contact has been made with the Golf Club and they will attend to the matter.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 12:06, Monday 13 May 2019

  • Despite this being logged back in Feb 2019 (old Street doctor report 964916), there has still been no activity whatsoever to remedy this dangerous overgrowth of laurel bush, circa 25-30 metres tall, and overhanging over the highway also, creating a very narrow single carriageway, which has been neglected for years now. It's just disgraceful. Jayne Hawtin @NCC who investigated this initially (and was very helpful), assured me that this would be trimmed back to 5m metres height by the landowner-Collingtree Golf Course, otherwise enforcement action would be taken, and ultimately NCC would do the work if the golf course did not remedy this. Likewise Jayne and many staff at NBC have advised it's also considered as Anti-Social Behaviour and that this should be 5 metres in height. The dedicated emergency services parking area is covered in overgrowth and unusable. The road is very dangerous, where large vehicles (including emergency services) struggle to get up and down the street-particularly as there are also a number of street lights totally hidden and immersed in the laurel overgrowth-this has now been reported to Balfour Beatty. The road itself is constantly covered in foliage from the overgrowth. The bungalows and flats on this street are for the elderly and sick people, which makes the situation even worse. There's no light at all to the front of the properties due to this Its unfair that we all have to have lights on all the time, even in warmer months. I can assure you Collingtree Golf Course have no intention of remedying this at all, and have no interest, or budget to do so. Having contacted regulations, all of the assurances previously given were dismissed, with just excuses really. NBC have provided me with a map showing responsibility of the highway (I will also upload this photo) which shows that NCC do have a responsibility for the area where a lot of the overgrowth is, despite it also being on the golf course land. Therefore I feel it's quite reasonable for this to be rectified asap pleas and I'd like to request an update. It's appalling that even now it's sitting with the Regulations Dept, there's just excuses given on behalf of the golf course. Both NCC and the golf course have a responsibility and it just needs to be sorted out before there's a serious accident

    Posted anonymously at 11:19, Tuesday 25 June 2019

  • Further to the previous update posted today (25th June), please see a map of Lodge Avenue supplied by NBC, which demonstrates areas of responsibility. I have been advised on numerous occasions that the light grey shading adjacent to the road is the responsibility of NCC Highways. Therefore, as most of the dangerous overgrowth is within this area, and grows from this area, as residents we feel NCC do in fact have responsibility to do work to remedy this. Whilst we fully appreciate that much of the overgrowth stems from the golf club land, the whole light grey area of NCC's responsibility is totally covered in this 25-30 metre overgrowth. The aforementioned street lights that are hidden in the overgrowth also are within this area. Therefore can some action be taken asap to remedy this please, as it's very dangerous, and totally miserable living here with no light at all to the front of our properties. Large vehicles struggle (inc Emergency Services, NBC bin wagons etc), and often can't even get down the street due to this totally unnecessary situation. Given this has now been neglected for years, and that this was initially reported back in Feb, with assurances it would be sorted out, to now almost be in July with just no activity at all, is simply unacceptable. Please respond with an update asap

    Posted anonymously at 11:37, Tuesday 25 June 2019

  • Hi, I posted further updates on 25th June-please refer to these. There has been absolutely no activity and the situation is extremely dangerous. Can you please provide an update?

    Posted anonymously at 10:05, Wednesday 10 July 2019

  • This is Clerk from Collingtree Parish Council, can you please update me on collingtreeparishcouncil@gmail.com when this problem will be resolved. When are NCC enforcing action, as enough time has passed to get this issue resolved.

    Posted anonymously at 13:32, Monday 22 July 2019

  • Please can I have an update?

    Collingtreeparishcouncil@gmail.com Shirley Wong _- Parish Clerk

    Posted anonymously at 10:17, Thursday 25 July 2019

  • A further letter has been sent out. Telephone contact has been made with the Golf Club and they will attend to the matter. The Golf Club have confirmed cutting back to be undertaken before the end of August.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 15:50, Friday 26 July 2019

  • Further to the last update stating that these works would be completed by the end of August, and additionally confirmed by Michelle Johnson in NCC Regulations Dept, there has been absolutely no activity at all, unsurprisingly! As an enforcement notice has already been sent, stating that Highways would undertake the work in the event that the Golf Course didn’t complete the works, can you please therefore advise on timescales for this work to be completed? This was logged to NCC in February and were almost in September now. Thank you

    Posted anonymously at 14:26, Friday 30 August 2019

  • A further letter has been sent out. Telephone contact has been made with the Golf Club and they will attend to the matter. The Golf Club have confirmed cutting back to be undertaken before the end of August. Follow up inspection made and no cutting back has taken place. Instructed enforcement action to be taken.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:56, Thursday 5 September 2019

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