Memorandum by Richard Harland Esq (WTC
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