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Tree obscuring road and driveway safe vision

Reported via mobile in the Tree Requires Pruning category anonymously at 07:09, Thursday 9 June 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

Basal growth is so high it’s impossible to see whether vehicles are coming along the road or if pedestrians are crossing the driveway.

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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: fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 07:10, Thursday 9 June 2022

  • You have contacted us about Lime tree(s) that have low branches that are obstructing the road and/or footway. Lime trees in particular are known for their vigorous growth around the base and lower part of the stem which can cause an obstruction to users of our highways. In order to address this recurring issue, the Council has a yearly pruning schedule that includes every Lime tree in the Borough. We have around 2300 Lime trees on our highways and they all require pruning every year, the low branches are removed up to a height of around 3 metres. The pruning schedule usually begins in June and continues through the Summer until all of the trees have been pruned.

    The tree you have mentioned is therefore due to be pruned soon, thank you for your patience whilst we work to complete this essential pruning work and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by this issue.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:11, Wednesday 15 June 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 13:11, Wednesday 15 June 2022

  • I don't feel your management of this situation is satisfactory. I have reported this issue for 11+ years now, explaining every year the potential risk to pedestrians, who include very many pre-schoolers walking along this road, many times ahead of their parents. I am very careful driving out and into my driveway. Delivery drivers and other visitors who are unaware of the situation may not be. This week, turning slowing into my driveway a woman with two small children was completely obscured by the foliage, which towers overhead. Also, an adult man was only just visible at the last minute due to the foliage stretching half way across the pavement. Your schedule needs to be amended, because by May/June this is an issue. Should an accident occur, I will ensure that all parties concerned are made aware of my persistent notification of the issue to Bromley Council over the 12+ years I have been living here. I am unable to send this message privately as it is no reply email.

    Posted anonymously at 10:37, Tuesday 28 June 2022

  • Thank your for your comments. Given this is a recurring issue, LBB has an annual lime programme to remove regrowth which is in hand to be completed as a priority. Thank you for patience whilst we work to resolve your enquiry.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:25, Friday 1 July 2022

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