Many parts of Elmbridge the footway is significantly blocked by overgrown bushes from private property.
Sometimes over half the path is covered. It causes greater obstruction when the bush is prickly to the touch – like a holly bush.
It is unlawful for a property owner to cause obstruction of the highway by failing to cut their hedges. Specifically bushes may not pass into a footway for the first 2.3 metres.
It is the duty of the highway authority (in Elmbridge that is Surrey) to notify property owners of their responsibility and to enforce action. Surrey may cut back the offending bushes itself and charge the costs of so doing including an administration charge to the property owner.