At today’s meeting of Norfolk County Council I asked the following question of the councillor in charge of the Highways service:
The most regular topic of correspondence I received as a councillor over the summer was complaints about overgrown verges and uncut hedgerows. I appreciate this change of policy was done in the name of protecting wildlife habitat – something we can all support. But can I ask that next year you ensure two things happen: first that the council communicates its approach to cutting better with local communities including parish councils; second that it allows for greater local flexibility in its approach, consulting with local communities to ensure that areas where overgrowth can cause danger are cut more regularly, not just a very narrow definition of ‘vision splays’ around junctions.
Councillor Wilby said he would work with closely with Parish Councils in the coming year to increase local flexibility.