Parish Groundsman

Parish Groundsman

John Farrell has been our Parish Groundsman since 2010. He has lived in Dorney for many years and knows the highways and byways better than most!

You may have seen John mowing with the tractor, strimming, weeding, litter-picking, fixing benches and bus shelters and keeping the parish looking great. He is out in all weathers and always has a smile and a cheery wave.

John’s schedule varies by month and according to the weather. It includes the following roads: Court Lane, Dorney Reach Road (public), Harcourt Close, Harcourt Road, Lake End Road, Marsh Lane, Meadow Way, Oak Stubbs Lane, Southfield Close, Village Road.

Common Road, Boveney Road and Lock Path are managed by the Dorney Commoners Management Committee.

We would ask residents with any questions about village maintenance to contact the Clerk through the Contact Us page.

To report a problem with the roads – potholes, pavements, drainage – please contact Bucks Council using the links on our Report a Problem page.

 

 

In April 2016, Dorney Parish Council decided to adopt the Devolved Highways Plan being proposed by Bucks Council. This gave us more control over the general grounds maintenance of the parish, thus improving quality.

The Devolved Highways Agreement permits the following to be managed locally by Dorney Parish Council (within the Parish):

Outline of Services in Scope

Urban Grass Cutting ‐ Cutting of urban grass verges. Parishes must ensure information on traffic signs is legible to road users, and that vision splays (i.e. grass verges at junctions) are cut back to maintain visibility.

Hedge cutting ‐ Cutting hedges which are a danger to road/pavement users. Landowners must be found in the first instance and issued a hedge cutting notice. If they cannot be found or they have not cut the hedge (and it is still deemed a danger), Parishes will cut the hedge.

Siding out overgrown footpaths ‐ Preventing the encroachment of verge soil and growth onto the footpath. This is essential if overgrown footpaths are obscuring visual splays. Signs on verge are not obscured by vegetation. Cyclical maintenance approx. once every 2/3 years. Also carried out before routine maintenance work, such as surface dressing. Personal Protective equipment (PPE) is worn/used when working on/near carriageways. Legislation relating to safe working on/near carriageways must be observed. When using specialist equipment staff must be properly trained. Staff undertaking work should be competent, trained and adhere to Health & Safety requirements in terms of risk assessments and PPE. Trimming vegetation obstructing footpaths (or liaising with landowner to carry out where appropriate) ‐ Where vegetation is obstructing footpaths this should be removed to ensure pedestrians can navigate the route.

Rights of Way clearance ‐ Includes bridleways, footpaths, byways and restricted byways. Clearance means surface mowing on the public rights of way network up to the parish boundary where landowners have not carried this out.
Parishes have the right to issue a notice to landowners to surface mow the network. The landowner is responsible for ensuring hedges and trees are safe and if they fall across the public right of way they are removed. They also have responsibility for cutting hedge growth across a right of way.

Maintenance of BCC street furniture including minor repair or repainting ‐ Maintaining street furniture (defined as above street‐level, objects on and at rear of footpaths), such as sign‐posts, signs, seating, cycle racks, decorative bollards and village gateway features.