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Tree cut down without notice

Reported via mobile in the Tree Planting Request category anonymously at 18:37, Thursday 12 January 2023

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

Good evening. The horse chestnut tree outside my house was (what I thought) pollarded a few weeks ago. Yesterday I came home to find it had been cut down completely and tonight I’ve returned to see the root complete ground out. I feel very sad as I have lived here for over 20 years and the tree has always been a feature of our home. I would appreciate knowing why it has been cut down and why there was no prior warning or notification that this was happening. I would also like your assurance that it is to be replaced and when this will be done. Many thanks.

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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 18:38, Thursday 12 January 2023

  • 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 08:46, Friday 13 January 2023

  • Thank you for your enquiry. I have been monitoring the conditions of both horse chestnuts outside no. 14 and no.19 for the past couple of years now. Both trees stems were colonised with the wood decay pathogen ganoderma which does not affect the vitality of the tree but degrades wood internally affecting the structural integrity of the tree. Sadly, on the last monitoring visit the condition of the trees was worsening and so to calculate the percentage of good wood remaining (residual wall) in the stem, we used a PD-resi-drill on both trees, sadly the results were that that there was not sufficient residual wall remaining affecting the structural integrity of both trees and the difficult decision was made to have the tree removed on the grounds of health and safety given the high risk targets present in the event of the trees failure. I am very sorry you were not notified of the tree being removed and I will ensure that you are notified of any plans in the future. The plan is to replace both trees like for like. As the removal of the trees came in after the deadline of the current planting, I am sorry but both trees will not be replaced till the next planting season.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 09:01, Friday 13 January 2023

  • Thank you for your detailed explanation of why the decision was taken to remove the tree. The history and facts help to understand and accept why it was necessary. I am very pleased to know that a new horse chestnut will be planted in due course. In the meantime may I plant some spring bulbs to brighten the verge? Would it be possible to install two wooden posts to discourage vehicles damaging the verge now that the tree has gone? Many thanks.

    Posted anonymously at 12:03, Friday 13 January 2023

  • Thank you for your comments. I have no objections to spring bulbs being planted in the verge, it will brighten it up with a colourful display and provide valuable food source for pollinating insects early in the season. I have contacted the highways officer making a request for bollards to be installed.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 14:26, Tuesday 17 January 2023

  • To give a last update. Thames water are due to visit site to repair a water leak under the pavement. Highways have confirmed that they have raised jobs for the bollards to be installed.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:11, Wednesday 18 January 2023

  • This enquiry is now closed on fix my street.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:12, Friday 20 January 2023

  • Further to your last update, with reference to Thames Water investigating the water pooling on the pavement, could you please advise if this work has been carried out? The pavement seems drier, however there is now water pooling in my front garden adjacent to the site of the leak. Could this please be rectified? Thank you.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 13:06, Saturday 28 January 2023

  • The work is due to be undertaken by Thames Water as soon as the tree adjacent to leak is removed which is planned for this week.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:47, Tuesday 31 January 2023

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