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Overgrown trees

Reported via mobile in the Tree blocking daylight category anonymously at 21:42, Thu 29 July 2021

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2900773.

Good evening, we are having serious issues with the overgrown hedges(trees) between our property on 4 Burswood, PE2 5LQ and the hedges on Kilham, the street parallel to our property. We have bought the property almost 3 years ago and we are still confronted with this problem. The hedges are really tall (over 2 metres) and we do not get any daylight after 3 pm on any side of our property all year round. As we have a toddler and a baby, is really important for us to have time in the garden with them and enjoy the sun as this is the main source of vitamin D, one of the most important ones for them at this age. At the moment, they are not receiving it due to these overgrown evergreens. As well, we are spending a lot of time in the autumn /winter picking up the leaves that are forever falling in the garden. Analysing the current legislation, Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 allows us to make such a complain as we fulfill all the criteria to try and have this problem solved.

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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 07:55, Fri 30 July 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.

    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 14:06, Tue 14 September 2021

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