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Severely overgrown tree

Reported via mobile in the Tree Requires Pruning category anonymously at 12:46, Tue 26 September 2023

Sent to Bromley Council 1 hour, 35 minutes later. FixMyStreet ref: 5033092.

The tree is in the alleyway behind our house. It has grown to an astronomical height and severely overhangs our boundary. It means we get no sunlight in our garden and i am nervous that my children are going to get hurt from falling branches. I would like this cutting back as soon as possible please. I did request this more than 4 years ago and nothing was done.

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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 14:22, Tue 26 September 2023

  • . Bromley will only undertake works to a tree for an identified health & safety or highway obstruction issue. Please note that as outlined in our Tree Management Strategy 8

    The Council will not prune trees in relation to the following: • Branches overhanging properties • 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 • Excessive leaf fall • Fruit fall • Problems associated with pollen • Excreta caused by insects or birds • Obstruction of view • Lack of light.

    The situation will be reviewed cyclically as part of our programme of tree condition surveys and safety inspections.

    In line with the Bromley Tree Management Strategy, we do not prune trees under utility cables or phone lines. Our policy is based on the 1984 Telecommunications Act whereby these service providers are obligated to maintain their network as required using the monthly fees customers pay. They have specialist utility arboriculture teams to work near these lines which may involve the temporary disconnection of services. In the case of phone cables, please contact OpenReach as they are responsible for the repair and upkeep of these lines including pruning back of street trees. In the case of power cables, contact UKPN.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 17:56, Thu 28 September 2023

  • This tree has been inspected and is not considered to require remedial works at this time. The situation will be reviewed cyclically and any required action will be addressed within a future works programme.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 17:59, Thu 28 September 2023

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