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Fallen Tree and Tree leaning a precarious angle

Reported via desktop in the Security Issues category anonymously at 16:14, Mon 20 June 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

A rather large tree has broken at the main trunk at a height of approx 10m from the ground - seems dead. No damage other than to the tree itself, but the fallen trunk is dangling precariously. That part of the wood doesn't usually have much foot traffic, but for the safety of all concerned the broken part of the tree ought to be removed and the soundness of of the remaining trunk be assessed. Image attached 8318 + approximate location in 0423 - labelled [1]. I'm also quite concerned about a tree that overhangs our property and is leaning at an angle of 30 degrees off the perpendicular towards our house. The amount of ivy on the tree and the angle of tilt is concerning as to it's soundness and ability to withstand high winds. I would like it be assessed and also cut back to the boundary at a minimum. Picture is 8359 and approximate location also on 0423 - labelled [2].

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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 16:14, Mon 20 June 2022

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

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:23, Tue 21 June 2022

  • Thank you for your patience while we try and resolve this issue.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:26, Mon 25 July 2022

  • Thank you for your continued patience whilst we work to resolve your issue

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:02, Thu 1 September 2022

  • The contractor has been instructed to undertake the works as a priority, thank you for patience.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 09:27, Tue 11 October 2022

  • Appropriate action has been taken to resolve the issue.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:57, Thu 10 November 2022

  • Good morning - contractors did attend yesterday- but down a small tree between the two trees highlighted by the report ! They were not aware of the broken tree, but did say that they would take a picture and report back on it. The tree at the precarious angle that was swaying heavily in Tuesday's wind appears untouched. The guys did say that they were also instructed to cut some ivy, but I haven't been over to see this in daylight yet. Anyway it would seem that both issues are unresolved and this job should remain ver much open. Regards, Mark

    Posted anonymously at 11:06, Thu 10 November 2022

  • Thank you for the enquiry, the contractor has completed the job as prescribed, the trees have been recently inspected and a job was raised to remove a tree that had snapped at the base, the other job raised was to sever the ivy on the trees on the boundary, as the tree showed no other defect no further works are required. Bromley Borough council does not reduce trees that are over hanging the boundary line, nor do we reduce trees for lack of light issues, under common law you may reduce the trees to boundary line only. Please refer to the Tree Management Strategy for further information.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:03, Wed 16 November 2022

  • This is a safety issue. 1 tree is already broken and hanging precariously (middle photo). The other tree is growing diagonally towards our house and in high winds oscillates and if it does fall will damage the property and endanger life. The contractor did indeed remove a small tree and when shown both trees agreed that they needed to be removed but it as it was not on his job sheet couldn't address. He took a photo and said that he would report.

    Posted anonymously at 12:07, Wed 23 November 2022

  • Thank you for your comments. A site visit will be undertaken to inspect works undertaken, you will be updated afterwards.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:17, Wed 30 November 2022

  • Thank you for the enquiry, the problem tree has been inspected with no defect showing other than it leans towards your property. Sadly, Bromley borough council does not reduce trees that are leaning or overhang the boundary property. Under common law you can reduce the tree back to your property boundary. Please reference the Tree Management strategy on the council website for further details.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:27, Mon 5 December 2022

  • Please see attached fallen - i fail to see how you can say that this shows no defect. This is clearly a safety issue and needs to be taken down. The other tree that overhangs our home, is of the same species - silver birch, of a similar age and height and sways violently in high winds. My family and I have a right to feel safe in our own home, so I would ask that this tree is cut back to a more reasonable size, as it is danger to us.

    Posted anonymously at 10:40, Fri 16 December 2022

  • Thank you for the comment, your previous images show that tree to have been like that for a number of months now, as the tree will not affect your property if it does fall as good biodiversity and ecological needs for wood land we try to leave trees like that for nature.

    The tree over hanging your property has been inspected and does not show any signs of defects, under common law you can cut any tree that over hangs your property to the boundary line. This is the criteria Bromley council Tree Management Strategy has set out.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 17:13, Wed 21 December 2022

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