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6-8 Pembroke road mk45 3le

Reported via mobile in the Trees category anonymously at 21:32, Wednesday 28 September 2022

Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 376240.

Oak tree has caused substantial subsidence to my home. Grand union property I was told it had been reported to the council via the insurers of the damage being caused. Around 3 years ago. My home is now severely damaged with large internal cracks and now external cracks, along with structural damage Can you confirm they grand union have reported this to you please I have had another property surveyor out today who has issued another report for the insurers but I am about to make an official complaint and I need to know if the report was made as I’ve been told for the last 3 years they are waiting for the council to manage the tree.

Thank you

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Central Bedfordshire Council at 21:32, Wednesday 28 September 2022

  • This has not been reported to us until now.

    Tree related subsidence occurs when a tree or trees removes water from a shrinkable clay soil; causing the soil to contract and can result in structural damage to properties. The Highways Department does not accept, as a matter of course, that tree related subsidence is the cause of structural damage to property. Evidence is required to support any claim.
    All claims of subsidence relating to highway-maintained trees are administered by the Councils Insurance Team. Cases of subsidence are often complex and require a broad range of information to be considered adequately as such. The Council requires the following information to investigate a claim of subsidence:
    ? Description of type of damage
    ? Indication of seasonal movement
    ? Levels and distortion survey
    ? Visual evidence of damage
    ? Depth of foundations demonstrated from excavated trial holes
    ? Analysis of soil type under foundation
    ? Presence and identification of tree roots

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 18:12, Monday 3 October 2022

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