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Tress overhanging path and my property

Reported in the Tree blocking daylight category anonymously at 15:23, Tue 26 May 2020

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2129803.

Moderated by Peterborough City Council at 16:53, Tue 26 May 2020

Good Afternoon,

I have recently moved into Pyhill and have noticed over the last month that trees are overhanging my front and back garden blocking light to my property and garden. I have found myself having to put the main light on in my living room whilst working from home as the daylight is obstructed by the overhanging trees. There are some branches that are also hanging low over the public footpath next to my house and surrounding houses which concerns me for the safety of the pedestrian traffic.

To support my concerns, whilst walking out of my property on Saturday a small branch fell and missed me by a couple of feet, I felt very lucky that it was only a small branch and nothing of size.

I spent 5 hours clearing branches and leaves from the rear and front of my property Sunday afternoon after the windy weather, I am expecting the leaves to fall as there are many trees surrounding the property but did not expect to have to clear fallen branches.

I would appreciate if someone could come out to cut back the tree branches allowing more daylight to the property, and to also avoid branches falling in my property or on people walking down the footpath.

Many Thanks

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  • Inspection Arranged

    Thanks for your enquiry regarding a council-owned tree.

    Your enquiry has been allocated to one of our qualified tree surveyors who will carry out an inspection and provide an update within 40 working days.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 08:33, Wed 27 May 2020

  • Thanks for your enquiry regarding a council-owned tree.

    In accordance with the Peterborough Tree & Woodland Strategy 2018-2028, a qualified tree surveyor has visited the site, assessed your request and concluded that there is no need to undertake tree works.

    We don't prune or remove council-owned trees to improve natural light for a private property (including obstruction of solar panels).

    All council-owned trees are surveyed by a qualified surveyor for safety every one-to-five years, depending on how much the area surrounding them is used. We also carry out maintenance work if it's needed.

    You have a legal right to cut back any branches hanging onto your property. You can only cut them from the point where they cross over onto your property. We recommend that all cut material is disposed of as normal garden waste. It is also recommended that the services of a suitably insured and qualified tree surgeon are used to carry these works out on your behalf.

    Before you cut back any trees, you need to find out if it's protected by a Tree Preservation Order, or if it's in a conservation area. If a tree is protected, you'll need to get permission to cut it. Please go to council/ planning-and-development/ conservation-trees-and-hedges/ conservation-areas for more information.

    For further information please read the Peterborough Tree & Woodland Strategy 2018-2028 file/ d/ 1ZBu7zy_jIYlXsKRoUkZFZ8xvpdBK1uhH/ view

    I trust this answers your enquiry, however, should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Aragon Direct Services.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 12:28, Fri 5 June 2020

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