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Roots of 40ft tree causing damage to path and pote

Reported in the Tree is considered to be causing damage category anonymously at 21:30, Wed 27 May 2020

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2131839.

Roots from a very large Sycamore tree which stands close to our back fence has, over a period of time, caused the paving slabs of our pathway to dislodge to the extent that they present a health and safety hazard and therefore the path cannot safely be used. During the 20yrs that we’ve owned the property, the tree has grown to an approximate height of 40ft and has now become a potential safety hazard to residents and neighbouring properties. If the tree were to be blown down in a storm it would certainly cause a great deal of damage to our property and that of our neighbours’ in 173, and there is no doubt whatsoever, if the tree should fall in the other direction it would crash into a dwelling more closely situated behind it. The occupant’s bedroom and living room would take the full force of the collision and any persons using the flat would be very likely to receive serious injuries or indeed be killed. The area surrounding it is also used extensively by residents’ car parking. From time to time, large vehicles including lorries accidentally reverse into the tree while attempting to turn round, as it is situated in a cul-de-sac. As well as the visual damage caused each time, these collisions must be undermining the strength of the root system on one side of it. Tree roots have invaded our garden to the extent that we have had to erect raised beds in many parts in order to grow plants. When we had the sewage and drainage system inspected a few years ago, it was reported that the Sycamore roots were growing very close to blocking the drain as the tree is only a few metres away. Please could you arrange for our access pathway on PCC land to be made safe and will you also take into account, the safety of all residents and property, in the immediate vicinity and remove the offending tree.

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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 20 working days.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 07:40, Thu 28 May 2020

  • Works recommended

    Thanks for your enquiry regarding a Council owned tree.

    A qualified tree surveyor has assessed your request and following a site visit has recommended works. On completion of the works you may feel the task undertaken may not fully address the issue raised. Aragon Direct Services employ qualified tree surveyors to undertake the inspections and all works recommended are in accordance within the guidance contained within the Peterborough Tree & Woodland Strategy 2018-2028.

    Continued management of all our trees forms an integral part of this strategy. 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. Where inspection identifies maintenance work it is scheduled in accordingly with safety issues forming the highest priority.

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

    Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Aragon Direct Services.

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 12:37, Fri 5 June 2020

  • Works approved

    The works recommended from the inspection have been approved and we are in the process of issuing a work order to our contractor.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 12:38, Fri 5 June 2020

  • Works in progress

    The works order has now been issued to the contractor for completion within 30 days.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 14:42, Tue 16 June 2020

  • Works complete

    Our records confirm that all works are now complete and as such your enquiry is now closed. We trust this answers your enquiry, however, should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Aragon Direct Services.

    Thank you.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 14:46, Wed 30 September 2020

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