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Removing obstructions from roads

It is an offence to obstruct the free passage of the highway. 

Obstructions are objects which have been unlawfully placed on or which overhang the highway.


  • Builders' skips
  • Scaffolding/hoardings
  • Builders' materials
  • Temporary works including traffic lights
  • Overhanging tree branches, hedges
  • Mud/debris on the road
  • Mixing concrete/mortar on the highway
  • Unauthorised vendors/traders
  • Encroachment of highway boundaries
  • Discharge of water onto the highway
  • Blocking rights of way
  • Plants and bushes
  • Illegal signs

To report obstructions on the highway or footpath use on online reporting tool.

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