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Overgrown tree's, damaging property & phone line

Reported via desktop in the Tree touching overhead cables category anonymously at 17:54, Monday 4 July 2022

Sent to Peterborough City Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 3648079.

The trees have grown out of control, growing 3-4 meters into our garden, causing lots of debris. We are also looking to install a shed down the side of the house which we cannot do, as the branches would be touching the shed.

Likewise, they are also currently putting lots of pressure on the telephone line which is connected to our house, it won't be long before this breaks under strong winds.

This has been present for around 4 years, and over hangs the garden of 93 Oakleigh Drive, PE2 7AR

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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 07:27, Tuesday 5 July 2022

  • Thank you for your enquiry regarding the tree which is overhanging your garden. Unfortunately at the present time there are no identifiable arboricultural reasons to justify carrying out any works.

    You do have a right to prune the branch back to the boundary of your property; however we would recommend that you use the services of a suitably qualified and insured tree surgeon to carry out this work.

    If the trees are in a Conservation Area &/or have Tree Preservation Orders you will need to make an application for permission to carry out any works. Information on applications can be found on the Peterborough City Council's website.

    With regard to bird droppings, leaf and debris fall and or associated residues are considered part and parcel of living with trees, this issue has also been tested through the legal system. The judge in question ruled that it was not proportionate to fell or prune on that basis.

    Where there are trees touching BT/Electricity cables we recommend that you contact BT/UK Powernetworks as they have a Statutory Undertaking as such this enables them to carry out Arboricultural works when it affects their lines or equipment.

    The City Council's trees are all on a rolling 3 year inspection program and as such any works identified at the time of an inspection would be acted upon.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Peterborough City Council at 08:40, Wednesday 6 July 2022

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