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Outside number 92 Russell Way.

Reported via desktop in the Trees category anonymously at 14:51, Mon 16 May 2022

Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 371552.

Trees overhanging property, seedlings falling into the owners property. needs pruning back.

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Central Bedfordshire Council at 14:51, Mon 16 May 2022

  • Thank you for submitting your Highways report.
    Please refer to Highways Tree Policy online, we do not prune trees to manage nuisance, e.g. seed fall or overhanging branches. Landowners are, however, allowed to prune overhanging branches back to the property line. Provided they dispose of the cut branches responsibly.

    Many thanks,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 07:45, Tue 7 June 2022

  • Resident has called to say theu have had a tree surgeon look at the tree and say that it needs topping off, also they have said they were promised a callback which never occured.

    Would it be possibel to have the tree topped or for the resident to pay for the tree surgeon to do it themselves?

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 09:20, Wed 13 July 2022

  • Thank you for submitting your Highways report.
    'Topping' is not a method recognised by Arboriculture, there are many sources showing why this is so despised, this one explains it well: ?page_id=304
    In the long run it will be a much worse problem.

    Alternatively, if you wanted to conduct work independently, you could request an "entire crown reduction to suitable growth points between 2-3m from the tips, after bird nesting season". (It is an offence to prune a tree in such a way before September).

    Many thanks,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 09:47, Wed 13 July 2022

  • Good morning,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I will update the ticket 371552 and I will ask the tree officer to respond.

    It seems to me the officer believes the “topping” method will make it worse in the long run.

    I appreciate the response may have seemed impersonal, but they do have to follow certain rules and have a very large workload so sometimes it can be hard to personalise responses.

    However, I will ask if we can have another look at the request and will put all the information provided on the ticket

    Kind regards

    Thank you for your recent e-mail.

    The only confusion we have is to question why the Tree Officer seems to place a higher value on the trees planted by the Council rather than the wellbeing of two elderly vulnerable people. As my father said when he saw the last e-mail from you - "what do I do now?"

    To reiterate, my parents have lived with this problem for many years and as the trees get larger and larger, and as the council do nothing to restrict their growth, the problem gets bigger and bigger. My father, at *, is the sole carer for my mother who has *. *** Disease is a very complex illness and people are more liable to depression when they have this disease. One of my mother's more frequent complaints is about the loss of light in their living room where they spend most of their time. My father and I have simply been trying to address this situation by contacting you and getting help from a tree surgeon. The tree surgeon comes at a price, and without wishing to point out the obvious, with rising prices in absolutely everything, and bearing in mind the complex issues whereby my mother feels cold 90% of the time and therefore needs the central heating on; it seems very unfair that they should have to pay for your trees to be cut back every year to the Council specification in an attempt to gain a little more light. If the Tree Officer wishes to place restrictions on what their Council Tax paying customers can do to trees which obstruct light, cause extra manual labour in the garden due to debris and seeds planting themselves; and the potential risk to body and buildings in high winds which are getting more frequent - then perhaps the Council should carry out this work themselves.

    Would you please refer my above comments to the Tree Officer who I feel has thus far taken a non personal stance on this and is merely quoting their rules rather than looking at this as an individual case. If the Tree Officer had come out and inspected the trees (which they claim to have done) and spoken to my parents, which definitely did not happen, then perhaps they would be in a better position to understand and hopefully rectify the situation.

    Yours sincerely

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 09:39, Mon 15 August 2022

  • Thank you for making a report. As previously stated, the Council do not own this tree, so we are only responsible for ensuring the public highway is unobstructed. The land was not adopted from the Developer.

    Many thanks,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 14:36, Wed 17 August 2022

  • E-mail sent in requesting permission to undertake work on trees. Request passed to TO via e-mail and also asked to double check ownership

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 11:40, Mon 28 November 2022

  • Thank you for contacting us with information relating to a Highways issue. Your report has been passed to our Tree Officer to inspect. Your report will be updated with the result of the inspection. Please contact us 0300 300 8049 if you would like more information on the progress of this report.

    State changed to: Internal referral

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 10:03, Wed 30 November 2022

  • Emailed resident directly

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 10:34, Fri 2 December 2022

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