Over Grown Trees
Reported in the Trees category anonymously at 19:32, Tue 24 November 2015
Sent to Hounslow Borough Council 3 minutes later
The trees in Spring Grove Crescent seems to have over grown to the point that its nearing the roof of houses and also some of their branches are damaging the cables.
Please trim them down asap.
Still open, via questionnaire, 09:55, Wed 23 December 2015
No one has done anything about this. So not sure if this works!
Posted anonymously at 09:55, Wed 23 December 2015
The only way that FMS would not work is if they do not have the correct contact information for the council, as all they do is forward the report, normally as email, to an address determined by the location and category.
If you got an automated reply, it will definitely have worked.
FMS doesn't give any better access to the council than emailing them directly; it is just more convenient, and makes the reports visible to be public, and open to public comment.
However, most councils will not prune trees that have branches that are simply near a building, and if they are damaging cables, it is normally up to the owner of the cables to make suitable adjustments.
Harrow has a fairly extensively documented policy at https://www.harrow.gov.uk/ www2/ documents/ s127738/ Tree%20Strategy%20-%20Appendix%20A.pdf although it doesn't seem to mention cables.
Kirklees addresses both your issues, although, like Harrow, they will only deal with trees actually touching buildings. Whilst they say they occasionally prune for telephone wires, they say you should contact the phone company first. They point out that they are under no legal obligation in either case. https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/ business/ conservation/ pdf/ kirkleesTreeworksGuidance.pdf
The online information from Hounslow doesn't go into enough detail, but most councils have very similar policies.
Posted anonymously at 10:45, Wed 23 December 2015
Still open, via questionnaire, 10:11, Wed 20 January 2016
No response from the council. Dont know if this works!
Posted anonymously at 10:11, Wed 20 January 2016
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