The gardens, verges and footpaths of Moor Park add greatly to its attractiveness. However, they also bring their responsibilities.
Changes to the layout of the front garden and drive require approval in the same way as any other building work. A scale plan and the relevant building levy should be sent to the Company.
The open character of the frontages of properties in Moor Park is part of the original design of the Estate, one of its most pleasant features and one of the characteristics of the Conservation Area. In accordance with the original design, low hedges or shrubs, low walls or open grass are acceptable transitions from a front garden to the verge. While gates, railings or high hedges are present at some houses on the Estate, these are not encouraged and the Company may from time to time take action to seek restoration of the open character of the frontages.
The existing grass verges are of high landscape quality and have a positive visual influence. It is for this reason that the Company’s policy is to reject applications for either new or extended crossovers transiting the verges or the creation of other breaks to the verge.
In a few places, residents have developed the verge so that it resembles an extension to the front garden. Since this contributes to the open character of frontages, this is welcome. However the verge area can only consist of grass, approved crossovers or trees that the Company has approved or planted. The Company emphasises that any such verge treatment does not change the Company’s ownership of the verge and the Company may at any time alter the verge at its sole discretion, for example by re-installing a footpath. In particular, nothing must be done to interfere with the pedestrian use of the verge. No flowerbeds, hedges, shrubs, lights or other obstructions should extend across the plot boundary on to the verges or footpaths.
While in most cases the verge and footpath between the front boundary and the road belong to the Company, by long established practice each property owner maintains the verge and the footpath alongside the frontage or side boundary. This practice has arisen because it is a more cost- effective method than paying money to the Company to employ contractors for this purpose.
Gutters and gullies on the Estate, apart from Astons Road and upper Main Avenue, are the responsibility of the Company. Main underground drainage pipes are the responsibility of Affinity Water.
The Company arranges for gullies to be professionally ‘jetted’ on a regular basis, and the Company’s staff endeavour to keep the gutters and drain covers clear of debris. However, this is a considerable task, especially in the autumn when leaves are falling.
Residents are asked to be vigilant in keeping clear the gutters and drainage grills in front of their own properties. Gardeners should be instructed not to sweep leaves or other debris from any property into the gully. Keeping the gullies clear is very much in Members’ interests because sudden heavy rain can cause a ‘flash flood’, and unless the grills are kept free from debris excess water may flow on to the property.