On the Visite du Branchage the Connétable, assisted by the members of the Roads Committee and the Centeniers, will visit the roads of his parish accompanied by the Vingteniers in their respective Vingtaines to ensure that the branchage has been completed. Occupiers of land may be fined up to £50 for each infraction unless:
the 'branchage' [hedges, branches and overhanging trees] has been trimmed back so as to give a clearance of 12 feet over main roads and by-roads;
the 'branchage' [hedges, branches and overhanging trees] has been trimmed back so as to give a clearance of 8 feet over footpaths;
all trimmings have been removed from the road.
If the branchage has not been completed the occupier will be required to undertake the work and, if it is not carried out, the Parish may arrange for the work to be done and charge the occupier the cost of that work.
The Visite du Branchage applies to all public roads including main roads, by-roads and footpaths.
The schedule for 2013 is as follows:
St.Helier: 1st July and 4th September
St. Brelade: 10th July and 13th September
St.Clement: 4th July and 6th September and Visite Royale on 21st August
Grouville: 12th July and 13th September
St.John: 4th July and 5th September
St Lawrence 8th July and 4th September
St. Martin: 4th July and 5th September
St.Mary: 11th July and 5th September
St.Ouen: 4th July and 5th September and Visite Royale on 7th August
St.Peter: 11th July and 12th September
St.Saviour: 11th July and 5th September
Trinity: 5th July and 6th September
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