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Highways preparations begin for autumn & winter weather


Essex Highways calling on landowners to clear and cut back trees, hedges, shrubs and ditches ahead of winter.


Essex Highways is urging landowners to clear ditches and trim back hedges that are close or next to the county’s network of roads and pavements. This helps keep them safe for residents.


In anticipation of wetter weather over the autumn and winter, the highways team is preparing for more calls and incidents relating to flooding. Many local floods are preventable if landowners keep on top of ditch and hedge maintenance.


Landowners are responsible for maintaining trees, hedges, shrubs and ditches on their land. This applies even if they are close or next to a road or pavement. They have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent, or reduce as far as possible, the risk of injury or damage that could be caused to anyone else.


Most trees and hedges by roads are on land owned by private landowners, including district councils, city council, parish councils, housing associations and homeowners.


Essex Highways crews have been out on the network through the spring and summer clearing gullies. Teams have also been grass cutting and weed spraying to prevent overgrown vegetation from blocking the highway and causing flooding. But Essex highways needs landowners to be diligent and maintain their own hedges and ditches. This helps keep highways across Essex usable and safe.


Examples of works that should be carried out by landowners include:


  • cutting back overhanging branches, which reduce the width of or block the view of the road
  • cutting back overhanging branches that reduce the height or clearance of the road for tall vehicles such as double decker school buses
  • removing or trimming a damaged or diseased tree that is in danger of falling onto the road or pavement
  • trimming overgrown hedges obscuring road signs or streetlights
  • clearing any ditches located on private land to avoid any flooding during periods of heavy rain


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