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New damage to property

Reported via desktop in the Tree roots lifting pavement category by Louise Haycocks at 23:04, Wednesday 27 July 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

We have a brand new, larger, crack in our property wall caused by a council tree.

As this is a new crack we would like it to be looked at by a council representative.

We believe the tree has had new movement since the last complaint and require action.

The property also has considerable over hang and s it was dealt with back in 2006 we think this now should also be paid for by the council.

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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 23:05, Wednesday 27 July 2022

  • I failed to mention on the original report that the tree has also lifted our drive as well

    Posted by Louise Haycocks at 23:15, Wednesday 27 July 2022

  • Thank you for the enquiry, please go to Bromley council website and fill out the insurance claim form, once you have done this a report will be sent to the tree officer to raise a report.

    The tree in question has been recently inspected with no defects found. Please see the list below outlining when the council will not prune a tree.

    (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.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 12:22, Thursday 28 July 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 12:24, Thursday 28 July 2022

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