Farmers complain that new speed limit signs prevent effective hedge cutting

Local farmers have complained to the Parish Clerk that new speed limit repeater signs on rural roads prevent them from cutting hedgerows efficiently.

Farmers have an obligation to cut hedges adjoining their land and usually do so with a cutter affixed to a tractor. However, frequent metal post road signs on rural roads make this impossible they say and may result in hedges being cut less frequently.

Their plight drew little sympathy from Steve Parry, Operations Manager at Leeds City Council who said landowners have a legal duty to ensure hedges dont overgrow street furniture and farmers could expect a 14 day notice if they ‘neglect to fulfil their legal duties’.

The problem has got much worse since numerous speed limit repeater signs have appeared on local lanes despite the objection their effect by East Keswick and Shadwell Parish Councils.