On the Visite du Branchage, the Connétable, assisted by the members of the Roads Committee, Roads Inspectors 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 handed an administrative penalty of up to £100 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; and
- the 'branchage' (hedges, branches and overhanging trees) has been trimmed back so as to give a clearance of 8 feet over footpaths; and 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 this work. The Visite du Branchage applies to all public roads, including main roads, by-roads and footpaths.
During the second visit of the year, the group also review road-related matters whilst out in the Parish, such as road improvement schemes, proposed developments etc. This visit is known as a Visite du Branchage et Chemin.
The 2017 June Visite du Branchage is due to take place on Friday 30th June.
Further information is available through each Vingtaine's Vingtenier. See our Honorary Police section of the website.