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Trees blocking sunlight

Reported via desktop in the Tree blocking daylight category anonymously at 12:40, Friday 26 February 2021

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2573646.

Hi, I would be very grateful if the trees behind my property could have some of the upper branches cut.

During the spring and summer when the leaves are present the trees block a lot of sunlight coming into my back garden and leaves my back garden in a shady state for most part of the day.

As I enjoy the sun and bought the property on purpose as it has a south facing garden, I would appreciate if the branches could be cut so that I can get as much sunlight as possible and enjoy the spring/summer months.

I'm letting you know now so that they could be cut sooner whilst there are only branches rather than later when all the leaves are present as it would be a lot easier for the workmen.

I'd really appreciate if this could be done. It's been really hard to stay stuck indoors this past year and I've been through a divorce and also lost my 25 year old daughter who passed away in November 2020 and my mental has really suffered.

Kind regards

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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 15:50, Friday 26 February 2021

  • 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.
    These trees have all recently been surveyed with no significant defects noted.
    in line with the Strategy

    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 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 08:51, Monday 26 April 2021

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