Tree over hanging highway/pavement and blocking light from 78 Durban Road
Reported via desktop in the Tree Requires Pruning category anonymously at 10:19, Mon 12 September 2022
Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 3818767.
This is now the third request we have submitted to have the tree outside number 78 Durban Road pruned back. The last, utterly feeble attempt made by the 'tree surgeon' was to remove one single branch. This just isn't satisfactory, we need a skilled tree surgeon to take their time, pruning in a way that is beneficial for the tree and residents. The overall size needs reducing by at least a third.
Asset ID: FP051
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 10:19, Mon 12 September 2022
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.
Posted by Bromley Council at 11:39, Wed 14 September 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.
State changed to: No further action
Posted by Bromley Council at 11:41, Wed 14 September 2022
This report is now closed to updates. You can make a new report in the same location.