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Hedges - Overhanging

Also known as:- Overhanging Hedges, Overhanging Trees, Overhanging Vegetation, Trees - Overhanging, Vegetation - Overhanging

Service Description: Trees / hedges that overhang a highway or any other road or footpath to which the public has access is covered by Section 154 of the Highways Act. If the hedge / tree endangers or obstructs the passage of vehicles or pedestrians, or obstructs or interferes with the view of drivers of vehicles or the light from a public lamp, a competent authority may, by notice either to the owner of the hedge, tree or shrub or to the occupier of the land on which it is growing, require him within 14 days from the date of service of the notice so to lop or cut it as to remove the cause of the danger, obstruction or interference. If the works are not undertaken by the landowner, the Council can legally reclaim costs incurred for cutting back trees and hedges. Landowners may be liable to pay compensation due to damage caused to people by trees or hedges on private land. Always check for nesting birds before beginning any trimming.

Contact Information
Department Business Support
Address Highways and Transport
County Hall
High Street
Isle of Wight
PO30 1UD
External Phone 01983 823777
Opening Times 8.30 - 5pm Mon - Thu
8.30 - 4.30pm Fri

Direct Contact
Contact Name Sue Ringer
Job Title Senior Operational Support Asst