Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Memoranda


Memorandum by Richard Harland Esq (WTC 08)

WALKING IN TOWNS AND CITIES

  I write as an ordinary citizen, who has made no statistical study of the following problem. My comment is "anecdotal".

  The pavements of urban streets are often overhung by the shrubs and hedges of frontage properties. This can be a great inconvenience to pedestrians. The available walking width is narrowed. Passing other pedestrians may be rendered difficult. My wife and I have frequently had to walk single file. To spread out into the carriageway may be dangerous, or impossible if cars are parked. The social occasion of walking our grandchildren to school is marred. If walking can be made more pleasurable, people will be more likely to walk.

  I suppose the authorities have powers, but one is not aware of these being used. I ask the committee to enquire into the powers; are they appropriate? or too complex? or not practical? As to their practicality, if they empower cutting back to the boundary and no more, the following year's growth may be once more obstructive, depending on the growth habits of the shrub and the width of the pavement

December 2000


 
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