Tag Archives: Cleaning

Stream Clearing

Please see this link to Guernsey Water for more information on the requirements for clearing streams and douits.

 

Hedges and Streams

hedges and streams

CUTTING OF HEDGES

In conformity with the Cutting of Hedges Ordinances and the Parochial Administration Ordinance 2013, the Constables and Douzaines of the several parishes of the Island hereby give notice to the occupiers of land bordering public roads, or, if the land is unoccupied, to the owners thereof, that they are required during the first fifteen days of June and the last fifteen days of September, to cut and trim the hedges thereof
(a) up to a height of 12 ft. from the road surface where that road is ordinarily used by vehicular traffic – N.B. this includes the road AND footpath.
and
(b) up to a height of 8 ft. from the road surface where that road is not ordinarily used by vehicular traffic
and IMMEDIATELY THEREAFTER remove from such public roads and hedges all material cut from such hedges.
For the purpose of this notice, hedges shall be deemed to include trees and branches of trees, and all kinds of growth overhanging a public road at a height less than that specified above.
Any persons defaulting in the above requirements could be liable to a Civil Penalty of £50.00 with an additional fine of £5.00 per day in which the failure continues.
Note: “All kinds of growth” overhanging a public road also includes that which actually grows on roadside walls and banks. It is also necessary to ensure that the hedge is not only trimmed, but cut back so that no part of it less than the required height overhangs the boundary of the road or footpath.

STREAMS

In conformity with the Loi relative aux Douits, 1953 and the Parochial Administration Ordinance 2013, streams inspections are carried out twice yearly at the same time as the hedge inspections. Streams are required to be clear of all debris, weed growth etc. to ensure that they flow in an unobstructed manner. It is vital that riverains complete their inspections and any necessary work at the proper time, i.e.
during the first fifteen days of June
during the last fifteen days of September

The Douzaine’s Streams Committee will inspect the watercourses thereafter and defaulters will be reminded of their obligations under the Law. A further seven days will be given for work to be undertaken before the area is re-inspected.
Any persons defaulting in the above requirements could be liable to a Civil Penalty of £50.00 with an additional fine of £5.00 per day in which the failure continues.
DON’T FORGET – OVERGROWN AND DIRTY STREAMS ARE NOT ONLY UNSIGHTLY BUT CAN RESULT IN FLOODING

September 2015

The time is here once again, for you to cut back any roadside hedges, banks and trees, and to cut/clean/repair any streams, douits and watercourses which may pass through your property. Please ensure that the work is completed before the 30th September, after which the Constables and Douzeniers will carry out the required inspections.

As a little reminder, the hedges and trees must be cut up to a height of twelve foot from the road (where the road is ordinarily used by vehicular traffic) or eight foot (where the road is not ordinarily used by vehicular traffic).

All cuttings must be removed from the roads and pavements immediately after cutting, those left can lead to blocked drains, flooding, and can be a danger to road users.

Watercourses should be cleaned, obstructions cleared to allow free flow, and banks should be repaired.

Should you fail to carry out the required work, a warning notice may be issued, including a description or indication of the alleged failure. After such a notice, you would have seven days to remedy this failure, at which time the issues highlighted will be re-inspected – please contact the office at your earliest opportunity if you have any questions or wish to discuss the alleged failure with one of the inspectors. If the work has still not been completed after this time, you shall be liable to a civil penalty of £50, which shall increase by £5 per day, for every day in which the failure continues.

You can find more information on the changes to the Law here:

http://gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=97263&p=0 or you can contact the office for more information.

In other news, it won’t be long before the November Parish Elections are upon us, and this could be your opportunity to have a greater involvement in parish matters. Three Douzeniers will be reaching the end of their terms, and positions on both La Houguette Primary School Committee and La Mare de Carteret School Committee will also become available. Nomination forms can be collected after the 9th October, and further information can be provided by contacting the office.

In order to nominate or vote in the November Parochial Elections, you must register on the new Electoral Roll by 15th October 2015 – this only takes a couple of minutes, go to http://www.election2016.gg/