Walsall Finally Agrees! Boundary Hedge Ownership.

Residents living in Snape Road and Simmons Road will know that for some time now I have been fighting to get Walsall MBC to recognise and then take actions with regards to their tree’s and hedges that run along the Coppice Farm walkways behind the homes in Snape and Simmons road.

Finally we have had a breakthrough! I am delighted!

Instead of Walsall saying that for what seems like many years. that they had no responsibility. This is a breakthrough in that there is now recognition that the hedgerow is theirs. This helps tremendously going forward.

Please read what Director of Place at Walsall MBC states now.

Dear Councillor Bateman,- I apologise for the delay in responding. I can confirm that we have received several enquiries from Wolverhampton residents in Snape Road and Simmonds Road regarding the trees on the open space. Establishing who is responsible for this land has taken some time; however, it has been agreed that it will now be maintained by Walsall Council. We plan to undertake some pruning works in September this year. It should be noted that this will be weather dependant, as the site gets particularly wet following heavy rain and we would be unable to gain access for the equipment required. Unfortunately the work could not commence any earlier as our teams are committed to planned school works during August. The woodland is in excess of 350 metres in length which will possibly take 2 weeks for our teams to complete. The works would be crown lifting, dead wood removal and pruning some of the overhang. It would not involve reducing or topping of the trees. The area will now be included in our cyclical inspection programme in future years.

So some planned maintenance is going to take place and that will help I am sure, as will the fact that they have now taken ownership,of what was once disputed. Progress!

The Photo shows the once disputed hedge line on the left of the property, on the part of the walkway in Walsall MBC ownership.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more