GUIDANCE ON THE MAINTENANCE OF THE VERGES ON GIVONS GROVE

 

The majority of the verges bordering the roads on the Estate belong to Givons Grove Estate Limited (GGEL) along with the roads and some footpaths. Many of the services (water, sewage, gas, electricity, telephone) run beneath the verges and are often in shallow trenches. Cars parked on verges or other activities on the verge can cause damage to the services.

This paper sets out guidance for the maintenance and care of the verges and the protection of the roads.

  • To keep GGEL costs to a minimum and to help to limit the annual Subscription payable by all, each resident is asked to maintain the section of verge outside their property. Residents are requested to cut the grass, sweep up leaves and generally keep verges neat and tidy – and keep any drain entrances free of debris if there is a drain along a resident’s section of verge.
  • Residents are requested to cut back and use weed killer where the verge meets the road to control grass ‘creep’ onto the road. Ideally there should be 3 cm of grass verge overlapping the road tarmac to reduce erosion of the edge of the road.
  • GGEL bears the cost of maintaining verges that are not adjacent to properties such as those alongside the road through Coronation Glen and is ultimately responsible for the upkeep and appearance of the verges and roads. If any resident is unable, or unwilling, to maintain their verge then GGEL will have to carry out such work and the cost passed onto all residents through the annual subscription.
  • The boundary between the Company’s verges and adjoining plots will often be denoted by some form of physical demarcation such as a fence, hedge or wall. Alternatively, it may be determined by reference to the more obvious boundaries of adjoining properties. In the absence of either, reference will be made to the deed plans of the Company’s and the subject property’s titles.
  • Where residents wish to change the verge outside their property e.g. change the layout of their driveway where it crosses the verge, permission must be gained from GGEL before any change is made. There is a policy on this subject that covers the legal agreements required (Easements) and the charge – see Policy on Easements
  • GGEL discourages the installation of kerbing on the Estate but if any resident requires kerbing outside their property then agreement must be requested from GGEL before any work is commenced.
  • Permission should be requested from GGEL before any tree, shrub or other vegetation is planted on a GGEL verge – normally this is discouraged.
  • As stated elsewhere, no skips or building materials are to be placed on GGEL verges or the roads.
  • Residents are requested not to place objects on the verges such as stones to discourage vehicles from damaging the verge. However, if a resident does place such items on the verge then they should be at least 300mm from the road edge and the resident will be liable should any damage be caused to a vehicle.
  • Wilful dumping of garden waste on the verges or other land owned by GGEL is prohibited and any residents or their gardeners who are identified dumping such waste will be charged for the removal.