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Tree outside our house -Leaves and Roots

Reported via desktop in the Tree Requires Pruning category anonymously at 10:53, Tuesday 18 June 2024 using FixMyStreet Pro

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 6121569.

We have made a previous complaint about the huge tree outside our house. The roots have extended throughout our garden towards the foundation of the house. The gutters are blocked up with the leaves and trees are growing in them and on the roof. We are pensioners 82 and 72 years old, paying a high amount of council taxes and we cannot afford to pay someone to clean continually. My husband has vascular dementia and is very distressed and is causing me a great deal of stress.

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  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:54, Tuesday 18 June 2024

  • No action is to be taken regarding the reported tree, please note that as outlined in our Tree Management Strategy (Tree management – London Borough of Bromley) the Council will not prune trees in relation to the following:

    • Branches overhanging properties - residents have the right to exorcise their right under Common Law to prune back branches to their property boundary.

    • Where a tree is thought be overly large.

    • Interference with satellite, TV, or other media reception.

    • Branches and/or limbs in physical contact with telephone wires - telephone wires are plastic coated and faults on the line are very rarely caused by contact with branches.

    • Excessive leaf fall: this is a seasonal problem and residents are expected to clear any leaf litter falling on their properties themselves. Leaf fall on the highway will be addressed through our street cleansing regime.

    • Fruit fall: this is a seasonal problem and residents are expected to clear any fruit falling on their properties themselves. Fruit fall on the highway will be addressed through our street cleansing regime.

    • Problems associated with pollen.

    • Excreta caused by insects or birds: honeydew (aphid excreta) and bird droppings are not sticky sap are not recognised in law as a ‘legal nuisance’

    • Obstruction of view: there are no rights associated with maintaining trees in accordance with maintaining views in British law

    • Lack of light: there is no ‘Right to light’ (or shade) in British law.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:49, Monday 24 June 2024

  • This tree has been inspected and is not considered to require remedial works at this time. Bromley will only undertake works to a tree for an identified health & safety or highway obstruction issue. The situation will be reviewed cyclically and any required action will be addressed within a future works programme.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:51, Monday 24 June 2024

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