‘Landowners to blame for trees overgrowing in Pinchbeck’

Overhanging trees on Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck, are the responsibility of landowners, claims Lincolnshire County Council.
Photo by Tim Wilson.
Overhanging trees on Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck, are the responsibility of landowners, claims Lincolnshire County Council. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Overgrown trees which could cause a hazard to pedestrians in Pinchbeck are the fault of landowners, county highways officers have claimed.

A section of pavement in Wardentree Lane has suddenly become a smaller due to overhanging trees that are a concern to a resident living nearby.

It’s nice to see trees in the right context, but it’s very serious when you’ve got a tree that’s blocking the road because eventually people will have to walk towards the edge of the road to avoid them

Reuben Holmes, of Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck

Reuben Holmes, of Wardentree Lane, has attempted to tackle the problem himself by cutting back the branches on a regular basis.

But Mr Holmes said: “If things like trees are left to grow, nature takes hold and what were once well-maintained kerbsides and footpaths are then left.

“As someone who likes to keep his house in order, I go along there and try to cut it back, rather than wait until it gets knee-high.

“Last year, the same thing was happening further down Wardentree Lane where it got quite badly overgrown.

“It’s nice to see trees in the right context, but it’s very serious when you’ve got a tree that’s blocking the road because eventually people will have to walk towards the edge of the road to avoid them.”

A Lincolnshire County Council spokesman said: “None of the trees belong to us - they all belong to landowners.

“Also, we have had no reports of any overhanging trees in this area since 2014.

“If we did, we would contact the relevant landowner requesting they be cut back.”

The overgrown tress in Pinchbeck are a separate matter from the reduction in grass cutting along roads in Lincolnshire announced in June.

A need to make savings of just over £40 million over the next 12 months alone led Lincolnshire County Council to slash its cutting of grass in both built-up and rural areas by £850,000 a year.

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “The council’s budget has been cut by more than £100 million over the last few years and we need to save a further £41 million this year.

“We simply can’t afford to do everything we’ve done in the past and that has meant looking at what should take priority.”

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