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Invasion of Privacy

Reported in the Overgrown trees category anonymously at 14:59, Fri 29 May 2020

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2134203.

There are three mature trees situated at the back of our garden, on Northborough playing field, which, since the removal of the ivy and with constant mowing and strimming around them, local children have taken to climbing, via the lower limbs, to see over the hedge. Young couples are also meeting in the space there, so as not to be seen from the rest of the playing field, which while giving them privacy, is compromising our privacy and their behaviour makes being in my garden very uncomfortable. One tree trunk is approximately 50cm from the boundary and two of the trees overhang the garden by approximately 4 metres. Which obstruct light and rain, making it very arid and at times very dark, and means I am constantly watering that half of the garden. I have also noticed dead wood is showing in the crowns and as the trees are about 30 years old; they are beginning to reach the end of their life span, with the height of them I really don’t want them falling into my garden or damaging my house which they are likely to reach. I have requested before that something should be done and in the past the City Council used to trim them back, but no longer do, we were advised by the Maintenance Team to privately trim them but they are too large now for us to do. Could you please arrange for them to be removed or at least cut back and for some new trees to be planted further out on the playing field. I am not against trees being used for shade and recreation, in fact I think it is very important to have them in public spaces for the community and environment. I planted a boundary hedge for this reason, which has struggled to grow because of the closeness of these trees. But I also have the right to privacy especially on my own property and that is being greatly compromised at the moment. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Teresa Scott.

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  • Enquiry received

    Thanks for your enquiry regarding a council-owned tree. This has been sent to Aragon Direct Services for further investigation. We will endeavour to provide a further update within 3 working days

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 14:59, Fri 29 May 2020

  • 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 15:16, Fri 29 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 because they are considered too big or too tall unless it is deemed to be dangerous.

    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.

    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 08:26, Wed 15 July 2020

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