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Tree leaning into the road, also needs pruning

Reported via desktop in the Tree Requires Pruning category anonymously at 12:26, Monday 30 May 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

The tree outside number 22 has, over the last 8 years, started leaning more and more into the road. I requested about 5 years ago that the tree be replaced, as the roots were damaging the wall. It was deemed as not needed, however the roots are still causing problems. The tree is by far the largest and most ‘out of control’ tree in the street. It is casing a lot of shadow and loss of light into the front rooms.

There is also significant branches over hanging property lines and would request it pruned back please, so that the berries do not fall on the driveway and car, and so that more light is let into the house.

Please can someone pop round and discuss the situation with me.

Many thanks in advance.

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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 12:26, Monday 30 May 2022

  • Thank you for the enquiry, No action is to be taken regarding the reported tree, please note that as outlined in our Tree Management Strategy (https://www.bromley.gov.uk/ downloads/ file/ 3334/ tree_management_strategy_2016-2020) the Council will not prune trees in relation to the following:

    • Branches overhanging properties - residents have the right to exorcise their right under Common Law to prune back branches to their property boundary;

    • Where a tree is thought be overly large;

    • Interference with satellite, TV or other media reception;

    • Branches and/or limbs in physical contact with telephone wires - telephone wires are plastic coated and faults on the line are very rarely caused by contact with branches;

    • Excessive leaf fall: this is a seasonal problem and residents are expected to clear any leaf litter falling on their properties themselves. Leaf fall on the highway will be addressed through our street cleansing regime.

    • Fruit fall: this is a seasonal problem and residents are expected to clear any fruit falling on their properties themselves. Fruit fall on the highway will be addressed through our street cleansing regime.

    • Problems associated with pollen.

    • Excreta caused by insects or birds: honeydew (aphid excreta) and bird droppings are not sticky sap are not recognised in law as a ‘legal nuisance’

    • Obstruction of view: there are no rights associated with maintaining trees in accordance with maintaining views in British law

    • Lack of light: there is no ‘Right to light’ (or shade) in British law.

    If the tree has damaged the wall to the front of the property, please go to the Bromley Council website and fill out the Sutton insurance claim form, this will then be passed to an Officer to fill out.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 14:09, Monday 30 May 2022

  • We have investigated this report and have made contact with the report originator to outline further details. This report is now closed on FixMyStreet.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 14:10, Monday 30 May 2022

  • Could you please comment on the 'leaning into the street' aspect - as this is dangerous to oncoming vehicles. Thanks.

    Posted anonymously at 17:51, Monday 30 May 2022

  • Thank you for the enquiry, the tree mentioned has a slight lean towards the road, this is not a major concern as a large number of trees in the borough lean towards the carriage way with no hazard to the road user.

    As previously stated we do not prune or remove trees because of growth over properties or loss of light to the property, if the tree is damaging your property please go to the Bromley Council website and fill out the insurance claim form.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:03, Tuesday 31 May 2022

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