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My fence is finally succumbing to pressure from the hawthorne/holly/saplings/ivy hedge bordering the Stevens Park entrance from Selsey Crescent.

Reported via desktop in the Fences category anonymously at 10:29, Tuesday 31 August 2021

Sent to London Borough of Bexley less than a minute later. Report ref: 2968628.

Over the 27 years I have lived here (No 41) I have tried to maintain/repair the fence between my garden and the hedge bordering the entrance to Stevens Park from Selsey Crescent. Over the years I have treated it with preservative, carried out repairs, replaced boards, applied straps and supports but the constant ravages of wild ivy, a large holly bush, several saplings within the hedge and pressure from the Hawthorne hedge itself have proved too great for the survival of the fence and I am of the opinion that it may not survive another winter. Originally it was a very sturdy fence and, with care, should still be fairly robust but it appears that nature is taking control and destroying it. I would appreciate your opinion on the way forward as I cannot afford to have the whole fence replaced, neither can I stop the encroachment of your hedge etc. I look forward to hearing from you.

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    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by London Borough of Bexley at 10:29, Tuesday 31 August 2021

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    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by London Borough of Bexley at 14:28, Friday 10 September 2021

  • Following a meeting with Mr Burbridge the hedge in question is due for a cut in Jan 2022 and the contractors will be requested to take measures to deal with the problem.

    Posted anonymously by a non-staff user at 11:30, Wednesday 29 September 2021

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