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Keep trees and shrubs on your side of the fence

Wednesday, November 23, 2016   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: transport, safety

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 22nd November 2016

With spring leading to a flurry of growth in the garden, Christchurch residents are being reminded they need to keep vegetation growing along their property boundary trimmed.

In the past 12 months Christchurch City Council has received nearly 2400 calls from residents complaining about overhanging vegetation from private property.

View guidelines around trees and vegetation in Christchurch, including how much overhang is allowed and heritage trees.

Shrubbery and trees hanging over a property fence and public footpath.Council Head of Regulatory Compliance Tracey Weston said under the Local Government Act property owners were required to trim any trees or shrubs on their property that were encroaching onto footpaths, cycleways or roads and causing an obstruction.

“It is the landowners’ responsibility to maintain any vegetation which originates on their property in order to prevent it creating an obstruction to members of the public. We strongly encourage people to be aware of the issue and keep branches trimmed so they don’t create an obstruction,’’ Ms Weston said.

"If the Council receives a complaint about overhanging vegetation our practise is to write to the property owner asking them to cut back the vegetation within 28 days. If the property owner does not comply within the specified time, a second letter will be sent to them.

“Ultimately if the property owner fails to undertake the required work the Council can engage the services of a contractor to do the necessary work. The cost for that work gets passed onto the property owner to pay or is put on the property as a charge on the land. That is only done as a last resort and generally we have great success working to achieve compliance with the property owner,’’ Ms Weston said.

“At this time of year there is a lot of growth in the garden so we really urge people to check their boundary lines and make sure their trees and plants aren’t overhanging too far and causing a nuisance or obstruction.’’

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