Overhanging trees, hedges and other vegetation can be a real nuisance to pedestrians and drivers, causing safety or accessibility issues.
We need to make sure our footpaths and roads are safe and can be easily used by everyone, including kids on scooters, the sight-impaired, those with disabilities and, of course, the postie.
The Local Government Act 1974 places the responsibility of clearing offending vegetation on the owner of the property fronting the road. Trees and vegetation on private property must be kept clear of footpaths and roads as follows:
Overhanging vegetation is identified through public complaints to NPDC or routine inspection by Council officers. An official notice to trim the vegetation within a certain time period will be sent to the property owner. A reinspection will determine if the work has been completed.
Where work hasn’t been completed, a Council contractor will do the work and the property owner will be charged for it, along with an administration fee. The quality of this cutting will be adequate to clear the footpath or roadway as required.
If you notice trees or vegetation are affecting your safe use of footpaths or roads, please contact NPDC on 06 759 6060 or email@example.com. We will assess the site and undertake action as necessary.
Any overhanging vegetation onto your property from a neighbour’s property is a civil matter and needs to be resolved between the parties concerned. NPDC will not get involved in this type of matter. You can contact the Citizens Advice Bureau for assistance or seek legal advice.
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Page last updated: 03:29PM Mon 16 October 2023