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Branches overhanging at rear of 103 Blackmead

Reported in the Overhanging branches category anonymously at 14:00, Tuesday 11 August 2020

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2240346.

Further to response to report no. 2211644 - these branches are considerably overhanging my private property and are a nuisance. In the autumn this will cause considerable damage to my fences that will again need cleaning and repairing - if the council are not going to trim them back are they then going to pay for the cost of maintaining and repairing my fences caused by, algae from dripping leaves/branches and any branches that may fall in bad weather? Or, am I entitled to exercise my Common Law right to remove the nuisance caused by these overhanging branches (TP8.2). The trees are now so tall that if they were to fall during bad weather etc. they would cause significant damage to my house and others with the associated possible risk to life - therefore potentially very dangerous. The risk would be reduced/alleviated by simply trimming the trees to a reasonable level.

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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 14:00, Tuesday 11 August 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 40 working days.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 15:15, Tuesday 11 August 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 a council-owned tree to stop the nuisance of overhanging branches.

    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 visit conservation trees and hedges for more information.

    For further information please read the Peterborough Tree & Woodland Strategy 2018-2028

    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 14:20, Tuesday 6 October 2020

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