Defects on the Highway

The Council as the Highway Authority on St Mary's is required to maintain its highways to standards that are proportionate to their status and use. To ensure this happens, regular safety inspections are undertaken.

If you have any concerns or wish to report a fault in the St Mary's highways, such as potholes, please contact us at the following details:

01720 424450

infrastructure@scilly.gov.uk

Trees, hedges and verges

As part of maintaining the highways, the Council work with other local organisations and residents to ensure that all roadside trees, hedges and verges are maintained and managed in the correct way to prevent, as far as possible, the obstruction of roads.

Owners and occupiers are required to:

  • Trim roadside hedges and trees so that growth does not impair the safety of highway users. This includes any hedges that directly abut any Public Right of Way.
  • Trim roadside hedges and trees to maintain visibility, particularly at junctions, on the inside of bends and at passing-places.
  • Remove dead or decaying trees and other growth likely to fall across the highway.
  • Remove branches and other growth that may prevent the passage of high-sided vehicles or obstruct light from a public streetlight.

If you would like some more information on how you can help manage growth from your premises that borders on the highway, you can download our Roadside Tree & Hedge Management leaflet.