Fly tipping on the agenda at meeting

Hedges and trees overhanging footpaths and roads in the area was among issues raised at the latest meeting of Banchory Community Council (BCC) on Monday, January 9.

BCC secretary Wendy Sadler said concerns were expressed about the lack of maintenance of vegetation (hedges, trees and shrubs), which then caused an obstruction to people and vehicles.

She said under the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, the owner/occupier of the land where the plants were growing had a responsibility to maintain their plants in such a manner that ensured users of the roads and footways were not obstructed or endangered.

In general, the standard to be achieved was that a hedge should not project beyond the rear of the footway, or the roadside face of a wall or fence if there was one. There should be a clear height of 2.3m (7ft 6in) above a footway, or 5.5m (18ft) if the hedge or trees overhang a road.

She said that while the roads authority could serve notice on owners/occupiers where there was a contravention of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, Aberdeenshire Council preferred to encourage all householders, property owners and occupiers to check their roadside vegetation to see if it could be causing a problem, and to carry out any necessary trimming.

She said: “The co-operation of all owners and occupiers will be appreciated by the community and Aberdeenshire Council and will help to keep our communities attractive and safe.”

On a separate issue, she said: “We have also had reports of fly tipping of garden rubbish on to public walkways and woodland and again Banchory Community Council would urge any residents doing so to use the appropriate facilities at the recycling centre.”

She said members at the meeting were updated by the council regarding the foul smell at the Crow’s Nest site and wanted to update residents.

“There has been work done at the site, but this work had to stop in December due to the weather,” she said. “However, we have been assured that the work will start again in the spring with a view to the capping being finished in the summer.

“We have had complaints regarding irresponsible dog owners allowing their dogs to foul our beautiful walkways and paths around Banchory.

“Again, we would urge any dog owner to clean up after their dogs. This is an continual ongoing issue that is raised by visitors as well as our own community.”

Banchory Community Council meets every second Monday of each month and all residents are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Wendy Sadler on (01330) 823115.