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Overgrown grass verge and uncut tree branches combined with road signage blocking view at busy junction

Reported by Russell Robertson at 13:24, Thursday 6 June 2019

Poor visibility to oncoming traffic on the A47 at the crossroad in Glaston village is causing imminent danger to road users, as you have to pull out beyond the junction stop onto the busy A47 to get a clearer view before committing to the road turn. As your leave Seaton Road, and turn on to the A47, your view to the left along the main road in Glaston looking towards Uppingham for about 100 metres is obscured by overgrown vegetation and poorly positioned road signage which compounds the visibility issues. I recently raised this issue with our local councillor (Mr Andrew Brown), who took the time to do a site visit and he agrees the issue needs addressing ASAP. All the roadside grass verges in the village have been recently cut, with the exception of the aforementioned section of road – Why? Maybe because it difficult to access that verge because of the overgrown trees and bushes on the verge! Please note some of the overgrown trees with branches overlooking the verge are rooted on Highways land (your responsibility to trim) and some others, over the boundary wall and are located in the adjacent field which is church land (Glaston parochial church council). To resolve this matter, I hope you can do the following: trim the trees which you have responsibility for, get the land owner of the field to trim their trees back, then maybe you can trim the highway grass verge back (the grass is about 3 feet tall in some places) and finally move the road signage to another position that does not interfere with visibility splay at the road junction.

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