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Tree dropping berries on private property and public foot path

Reported via mobile in the Tree Requires Pruning category anonymously at 12:04, Monday 16 January 2023

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

There is a wonky council tree outside the properties of number 5 and number 7 Balmoral Avenue that drops many berries this time of year that fall in the private properties and on the public footpath. The private owners are left to regularly clear this in our properties and the public footpath. The tree is also obstructive when parking on our drives. We would like it removed. Thank you

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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 12:04, Monday 16 January 2023

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Leaf/fruit fall is part of the tree’s natural yearly cycle, the consequence of which can be dealt with by Street Cleansing (by reporting such issues to us via The Council's website) that have been informed of your comments regarding the falling fruit/leaves.

    The falling of fruit and leaves happens over a relatively short period during the course of a year and any temporary inconvenience has to be balanced against the benefits the trees bring to an urban environment.

    Therefore on this occasion the Borough will not be able to undertake the works that you request of us.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:26, Monday 16 January 2023

  • Thank you for using FixMyStreet to report your concerns to Bromley.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 13:30, Monday 16 January 2023

  • Resident called to chase report, resident has said the tree needs removing, please can this be be looked into as soon as possible

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 11:41, Thursday 26 January 2023

  • No action is to be taken regarding the reported tree, please note that as outlined in our Tree Management Strategy ( 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 09:51, Monday 30 January 2023

  • State changed to: Closed

    Updated by Bromley Council at 16:17, Tuesday 7 March 2023

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