OVERGROWN hedges in Aughton that were ‘dangerous’ are set to be cut back after West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper took up the reins on the safety campaign.
In October, a mum launched a campaign to have overgrown bushes on Moss Delph Lane and Liverpool Road in Aughton cut back ‘before a child is killed.’
She said that uncut hedges are a danger for families making their way to and from St Bede’s Catholic High School; Aughton St Michael's CofE Primary School and Aughton Christ Church Primary School – and that they are often forced to walk on the busy road because the hedges at the side of the the narrow pavements are so overgrown.
She said she had repeatedly asked Lancashire County Council chiefs for the bushes to be cut back from July 2019 onwards as she believes that it is ‘only a matter of time until someone is killed.’
Now, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has received confirmation from Lancashire County Council that they have issued enforcement notice to the landowner about the overgrown hedges.
Following reports of the overgrown hedges on the footpath, Ms Cooper raised concerns with the environment and transport director at LCC highlighting the danger they were posing to pedestrians.
?LCC have responded to Ms Cooper confirming they inspected the area and subsequently instructed the landowner to cut these hedges back to their boundary line within 14 days.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “I am pleased that Lancashire County Council have reacted to the concerns residents have raised about the overgrown hedges on Moss Delph Lane with the path regularly used by children walking and cycling to schools nearby.
“The hedging encroaching so much onto the small pavement, it was forcing pedestrians onto the highway at a busy junction with the A59.
“LCC have confirmed they have issued the enforcement notice to the property owner for them to cut back the hedges and if there is no response they can undertake the work themselves and recharge the costs to the landowner.”