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Massive tree branch falling onto Whitehall Rec path, smashing back fence and overhanging my property. Someone could have been killed.

Reported via mobile in the Public Trees category anonymously at 19:23, Monday 9 May 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

My daughter has just been in the garden playing at the back of our garden when we heard a massive crack and a very high and thick tree branch smashed down into our fence barely missing our garden. My fence is smashed and the path behind my house which is generally full of kids on their bikes was covered. This could have killed someone had they been walking past at the time. My kids are now scared to go in the garden. It’s not a question of damage to my property, it’s a matter of someone being seriously hurt or killed by falling branches that haven’t been maintained by you as a council. I expect someone to be in touch with me as soon as possible.

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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 19:24, Monday 9 May 2022

  • Thank you for the enquiry, I am extremely sorry that this has happened to yourself and family, I have been out to inspect the tree today. I have placed a job on the tree to be crown reduced by 40%, this should stop any future hazards becoming an issue, I have also placed a similar job on the tree to the left of the one that had the break. I will be passing this on to our contractor immediately as a priority to complete. Again, I can only apologise for the incident that happened and hopefully have the issue with the tree rectified as quick as possible.

    If you would like to make an insurance claim regarding the fence, please go to the Bromley Council website where you will find a insurance claim form to fill out.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:50, Tuesday 10 May 2022

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

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:55, Tuesday 10 May 2022

  • My apologies that your enquiry has an unresolved status. The works are in hand to be completed as a priority. Thank you for your continued patience whilst we work to resolve your enquiry.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 21:14, Thursday 16 June 2022

  • Another branch broke off today, luckily it got caught in the other branches and my husband was able to get it down. It’s unacceptable that nothing has been done. Can you give me a date as to when the required action will take place? It’s only a matter of time before a larger branch falls and hits someone either on the public path or in my garden. With the size of the branches that are feeling I daren’t think the damage this could do to someone!

    Posted anonymously at 18:16, Friday 17 June 2022

  • Thank you for your comments. The works are in hand to be completed as a priority.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 08:22, Monday 20 June 2022

  • My apologises that the matter has not been resolved, I have chased our contractor to make this a priority for completion. Again, apologise in the delay.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:10, Monday 20 June 2022

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