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Hedge Cutting Brigade out in force

redvisionredvision Posts: 2,678
edited March 2016 in Road general
Time of year i guess. On the way in to work this morning i passed 5 different hedge cutters - all of whom were happily leaving the debris in the road i might add.
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,865
    Similar in South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire as well, lucky so far the only thing to suffer is my car from badly trimmed / hacked hedge overhanging into the road. Yes I did stop and remove them as also my commute route to work before anyone asks. Car booked into have scratches hopefully buffed out.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • I think you'll find they're cutting the hedges so that you can see round bends and aren't forced into the middle of the road?
  • debelidebeli Posts: 582
    redvision wrote:
    Time of year i guess. On the way in to work this morning i passed 5 different hedge cutters - all of whom were happily leaving the debris in the road i might add.
    :evil:

    This happens. It has happened for as long as I can remember and is not really an issue.

    There are also seasons when tractors and trailers leave muddy tyre tracks on the tarmac near gates into fields.

    There are also naughty road users who seem to brush us with their wing mirrors or send text messages while they drive.

    I quite like it - and when I don't, I quite like having something to moan about. Although I never do that....

    And I certainly wouldn't take the time to respond to a forum thread appearing to bemoan the dropping of hedge-trimmings on the highway.
  • debeli wrote:
    redvision wrote:
    Time of year i guess. On the way in to work this morning i passed 5 different hedge cutters - all of whom were happily leaving the debris in the road i might add.
    :evil:

    This happens. It has happened for as long as I can remember and is not really an issue.

    There are also seasons when tractors and trailers leave muddy tyre tracks on the tarmac near gates into fields.

    There are also naughty road users who seem to brush us with their wing mirrors or send text messages while they drive.

    I quite like it - and when I don't, I quite like having something to moan about. Although I never do that....

    And I certainly wouldn't take the time to respond to a forum thread appearing to bemoan the dropping of hedge-trimmings on the highway.

    But what if your crank fell off, would that be worth a forum thread? :? :? :?

    Hedge cutters are actually required to remove the debris from the Highway - but never do
  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,678
    debeli wrote:
    redvision wrote:
    Time of year i guess. On the way in to work this morning i passed 5 different hedge cutters - all of whom were happily leaving the debris in the road i might add.
    :evil:

    This happens. It has happened for as long as I can remember and is not really an issue.

    There are also seasons when tractors and trailers leave muddy tyre tracks on the tarmac near gates into fields.

    There are also naughty road users who seem to brush us with their wing mirrors or send text messages while they drive.

    I quite like it - and when I don't, I quite like having something to moan about. Although I never do that....

    And I certainly wouldn't take the time to respond to a forum thread appearing to bemoan the dropping of hedge-trimmings on the highway.

    I wonder if you would have the same opinion after you suffer a puncture (possibly at speed) as a result of hedge cuttings being left on the road??

    Hedges have to be cut I agree, but those responsible for cutting them are paid to clear up after & remove cuttings from the road! Although, at least in mid Wales, the contractors choose to ignore this.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    Get some Marathon Plus tyres and you'll be as right as rain.

    Even when they don;t cut hedges - there are thorns around. Even when they clean up after - theres still a bit of debris.

    Its not usually a problem as the rain washes them into the gutter after a few days or so....
  • debelidebeli Posts: 582
    redvision wrote:
    I wonder if you would have the same opinion after you suffer a puncture (possibly at speed) as a result of hedge cuttings being left on the road??

    Hedges have to be cut I agree, but those responsible for cutting them are paid to clear up after & remove cuttings from the road! Although, at least in mid Wales, the contractors choose to ignore this.

    Some years ago, I was thus incommoded twice in a fortnight.

    Neither time was I riding at speed (think that both ties the air sort of sizzled out until even I could detect the vagueness and squishiness.

    However, on the second occasion I was commuting on a spring evening in the Marches, ten miles from home on an unlit and rainswept A-road and spent the MOST MISERABLE 30 minutes or so in the dark with shivering digits and too little light and an outer that seemed full of sharp things and gravel that hadn't been there before.... just wanting to be somewhere else, doing something else and with extremities that weren't being slowly deprived of any feeling.

    It was galling at the time, but neither mud-spreading tractors nor tractor-mounted top-cutters can really adequately clear up after themselves. They have never been able to and I imagine they never will.

    It is a part of our challenging and nonetheless amusing highway system.

    And on the matter of a detached crank... that is not the sort of thing that would ever happen to me. Ever!
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  • They're not allowed to cut hedges after the end of Feb - so we're safe now (well give it a couple of weeks).
  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,678
    Barbarossa wrote:
    They're not allowed to cut hedges after the end of Feb - so we're safe now (well give it a couple of weeks).

    Its not cutting them that's the issue, it's never clearing the mess up. That's against the law and is hazardous to road users.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    You can report it to the council and they'll inspect. It'll probably take a few days though but if they've made no attempt at clearing the road the debris will still be there.
  • lakesludditelakesluddite Posts: 1,328
    debeli wrote:
    redvision wrote:
    I wonder if you would have the same opinion after you suffer a puncture (possibly at speed) as a result of hedge cuttings being left on the road??

    Hedges have to be cut I agree, but those responsible for cutting them are paid to clear up after & remove cuttings from the road! Although, at least in mid Wales, the contractors choose to ignore this.

    Some years ago, I was thus incommoded twice in a fortnight.

    Neither time was I riding at speed (think that both ties the air sort of sizzled out until even I could detect the vagueness and squishiness.

    However, on the second occasion I was commuting on a spring evening in the Marches, ten miles from home on an unlit and rainswept A-road and spent the MOST MISERABLE 30 minutes or so in the dark with shivering digits and too little light and an outer that seemed full of sharp things and gravel that hadn't been there before.... just wanting to be somewhere else, doing something else and with extremities that weren't being slowly deprived of any feeling.

    It was galling at the time, but neither mud-spreading tractors nor tractor-mounted top-cutters can really adequately clear up after themselves. They have never been able to and I imagine they never will.

    It is a part of our challenging and nonetheless amusing highway system.

    And on the matter of a detached crank... that is not the sort of thing that would ever happen to me. Ever!

    Well I've had a few tyres go squishy on me, but I've never had one go all vague - and I'm not sure I'd know if it had!

    Went past one of the top-cutters on Monday, it was like weaving around an obstacle course dodging the shards of hacked-up shrubbery. Luckily it was uphill so didn't have much speed up. Ahh...country life...
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