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Maple Tree blocking light & causing damage to balconies

Reported via desktop in the Public Trees category anonymously at 09:11, Tuesday 10 May 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

The huge maple tree in the corner of Queens Gardens, just before the entrance to The Glades, has grown so large it is now completely blocking the light to residents flats in Lownds Court. I have submitted photos from 2020 when the tree was in full leaf, and from the Queens Jubilee in 2012 for context, showing the extent of the growth. This year it is even worse and now in May I am getting no light into the flat, which is really depressing as this outside access was one of the main reasons for buying the flat. (when the tree was small). This is giving easy access for squirrels to come onto the balcony and they have caused damage to furniture. Would it be possible for the higher branches, which are causing the problem, to be pruned or cut down completely, especially as the leaves are now getting fuller. In the Summer months the problem is so horrendous I cannot enjoy the balcony at all. The flat above me is now also having the same problem.

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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 09:12, Tuesday 10 May 2022

  • As an update to this, I am having to relocate my SKY satellite dish as the engineer said that the tree is blocking the signal - this comes at a significant cost.

    Posted anonymously at 14:07, Thursday 12 May 2022

  • This tree has been inspected and is not considered to require remedial works at this time. The situation will be reviewed cyclically and any required action will be addressed within a future works programme.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 14:52, Tuesday 17 May 2022

  • Hi, I am sorry but this is not good enough. The tree is overhanging my balcony and needs pruning - I will have to arrange for this myself if you are not prepared to cut the branches that encroach on private property.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 15:14, Tuesday 17 May 2022

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

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 16:37, Wednesday 18 May 2022

  • Thank you for contacting us. You are of course aloud by common law to cut branches that encroach your air space (Hang over into your property) However this is a Specimen Parks Tree so any encroaching branches will be need to pruned to British standards. This tree will be re inspected and any necessary work arranged.

    Thank you

    Posted by Bromley Council at 16:44, Wednesday 18 May 2022

  • Please can you let me know when the tree will be looked at. I have no light coming in at all and have spent money relocating my SKY box as the tree was blocking the signal. I understand that this is a Speciman Parks Tree - what does that actually mean? Is the tree more important than my mental health as this is really upsetting and it's getting worse as the leaves are now in full bloom - I can't sit on my balcony any more as the tree is in the way and have all sorts of critters on my balcony due to the overhanging branches. Surely you can cut down the high branches that are encroaching on private property? Thanks

    Posted anonymously at 10:46, Monday 13 June 2022

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