Roadside hedges encroaching on pavements are an increasing problem for pedestrians in some of parts of Fetcham.
And with more of us out walking over the pandemic, it’s an especially valid complaint.
Andrew Grimme, who lives in the Lower Road area, wrote to us explaining the difficulties he’s faced while trying to push his elderly mother in a wheelchair.
“As you head towards the Old Street, these are some of the worst places, as the pavement is reduced to no more than about 12 inches in places and the hedge exceeds the boundary by over 2 feet. It means the wheels on the chair need to go over the uneven muddy grass which increases the risk of tipping etc.” he wrote.
Severely reduced widths make it difficult for parents pushing buggies too.
In some places however, boundary hedges may in fact be part of the highway, and not be the responsibility of the adjacent property owner.
If you think this is the case then you can report the matter to Surrey County Council here.
But in most cases boundary hedges are the responsibility of homeowners. The FRA would urge residents with a boundary hedge parallel with a pavement to look at it once in a while from the point of view of a passing pedestrian.
So spare a thought. Even if you believe that a hedge or verge may not (technically) be your responsibility, taking a neighbourly approach will always be appreciated. It goes a long way to cheering up our roads too.