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Residents of a village in North Nottinghamshire have branded letters telling them to remove plants and items from outside their homes as 'health and safety gone mad'.
VIA East Midlands, which manages highways on behalf of the county council, says the items are within the highway boundary and classed as an obstruction.
But many people living in Gringley on the Hill say the demands are completely unreasonable, particularly as several of the items have been in place for decades without issue.
Jean Hansen received a letter telling her to remove a 40-year-old creeper from the front of her home because it was planted in the highway.
She says it protrudes a very short distance from her house and says there are many other things in the village - like potholes and uneven pavements - which constitute much greater hazards.
Jean is one of at least six residents to have received letters telling them to remove items, including plant pots, shrubbery and a rockery that had been maintained by residents since the 1990s.
The letter says homeowners have 14 days to arrange for the work to be carried out or the Highways Authority may arrange it on their behalf and any costs will be recharged to the homeowner.
"The tone of the letter is extremely threatening, given the amount of time the said hazard has been there and it isn't causing imminent damage to anybody", Jean said.
" I'm actually laying awake at night, trying to figure out how I'm going to appeal against this."
Several neighbours have written to Via East Midlands in support of Jean and others who have received letters.
Hugo Dunkley has lived in the village for more than thirty years and feels the approach is very draconian.
He said: "The vast majority of residents want to make the place look attractive and they put out plants and flowers, and the creeper is part of that."
"The other thing that I think is significant is that there are many other obstructions in the village like lamp posts and waste bins, which are right in the middle of pavements and cause a much greater safety hazard, but we live with them", he added.
In a statement, Via East Midlands said it was responding to a complaint from a member of the public.