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Highway maintenance - Bicknoe Road BR6

Reported via desktop in the Public Trees category anonymously at 11:35, Wednesday 19 January 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

On one side of Bicknor Road there is no footpath, only a grass verge which is maintained by contractors on your behalf. Their main duty seems to be to cut the grass every so often.

I noticed recently that there is a holly tree growing in this verge, close to my back fence. It is already about seven feet high. Hollies are vigorous and quick-growing and can reach forty feet (or more), with a broad girth. This means that it will soon be overhanging the highway and will need to be cut back on a regular basis to avoid impeding traffic on the road. The most cost-effective treatment would be to remove the holly completely now, while it is easy to do. There are several other trees in this patch of land, doubtless all planted by animals or birds. They appear to be damson trees or similar and have already reached a considerable height and most are covered in ivy. They overhang my garden but are now at such a height that they cannot be reached to be cut back without special equipment. It would be a good idea if these were removed also.

Tackling these problems now will make greater savings in future. It would also help if the grass areas were to be given a generous treatment of strong weed-killer several times a year to help prevent the spread of weeds. For several years my garden and that of number 1 (now a building site for a new house) have been inundated with bindweed coming through and over our fences. I have had correspondence with you previously about this problem but there has been no practical change, although it may be beyond the terms of reference of the contractors.

I attach photographs of the holly tree and the others mentioned.

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  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: http://www.bromley.gov.uk/ fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:36, Wednesday 19 January 2022

  • We are continuing to investigate and working to resolve this report

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:23, Wednesday 26 January 2022

  • Our contractor has been notified to take the appropriate action.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:04, Monday 31 January 2022

  • Appropriate action has been taken to resolve the issue.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:27, Tuesday 15 February 2022

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