Neighbours fed up with hedging bets

Elaine Fox

Elaine Fox

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Residents fed up with stepping onto a busy road to get round overgrown hedges have begged the council to cut it back.

People living on Miller Field, Lea, Preston, said they have to dice with traffic as they hop off the footpath to squeeze past the straggly bushes on the corner of the road.

Elaine Fox, 54, said she has contacted Preston Council to ask them to trim the hedges. She said one neighbour who uses a motorised wheelchair is forced to go onto the road to get past.

Mrs Fox, who works as a carer, said: “Over the last three years we have got this hedge growing towards the road.

“It has covered up the pavement but no-one has been out to trim it. You have got to walk into the road to get past it now.

“We worried people think it belongs to us and it’s us not cutting it.

“It’s become dangerous.”

A Preston Council spokesman said they tried to respond to the Foxs’ complaint but an incorrect email address was provided.

He said: “As a council we maintain over 500km of shrubs, all of which will need to be pruned roughly at the same time each year therefore it is not always possible to undertake the work as soon as residents request it.

“From March to September our teams are almost solely focused on keeping on top of grass cutting, and from September through to March , winter pruning to shrubs and hedges is undertaken.

“We will however divert resources when necessary to deal with urgent health and safety issues as and when required. Mr Fox has been assured that the pruning near his property will be undertaken before the end of the current month.”