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The tree outside 128 & 130 Goodhart way is leaning across the footpath

Reported via mobile in the Tree Requires Pruning category anonymously at 21:47, Monday 12 September 2022

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

The tree outside 128 & 130 Goodhart Way is leaning over the pathway and is a danger to the public.

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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 21:48, Monday 12 September 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.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:46, Tuesday 13 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.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:47, Tuesday 13 September 2022

  • This tree is a danger, I agree that there are no branches encroaching on the property. The tree is leaning so that the whole crown is overhanging 130 Goodhart ways property. How can this matter be closed? Other trees in Goodhart Way have been felled for no good reason and also diseased trees are still standing. Can someone please attend Goodhart Way and assess the situation as the tree needs to be replaced.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 15:59, Tuesday 20 September 2022

  • Thank you for the comment, Goodhart Way has been recently inspected, any works required has been passed to our contractor. As previously stated Bromley Council does not reduce trees that over hanging boundaries of properties, under common law the home owner has the right to cut back any branches back to there boundary.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:16, Friday 23 September 2022

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