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Tree blocking footpath

Reported via mobile in the Overhanging branch/tree category anonymously at 18:51, Monday 18 September 2023

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5007361.

A tree branch has extended onto the footpath - council land - causing a dangerous hazard. The council owe a duty of care to pedestrians to maintain a safe highway. Under the law, you are entitled to remove the overhanging branch (which is now at the point of almost fully blocking the footpath, and could fall and injure someone) and deposit it in the neighbouring property. The council are under a duty to take reasonable steps to make the walkway safe and removal of the branch is a reasonable step. Now you have been put on notice (I note that you have received several complaints over the past few weeks) you are liable in negligence for injuries suffered to pedestrians caused by the offending branch. Please can you remediate asap?

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  • This has been passed to our maintenance team who will carry out an assessment of the tree and provide an update within 28 days.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 18:51, Monday 18 September 2023

  • Update

    We have inspected the issue reported and have reviewed the category selected.

    The category has been changed to ensure it is passed to the correct team.

    State changed to: For Triage

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 18:59, Friday 22 September 2023

  • State changed to: Internal referral

    Updated by Buckinghamshire Council at 10:36, Tuesday 26 September 2023

  • Update

    We have investigated this report and found that it is a Rights of Way issue, the details have been passed to the team.

    Please use the Right of Way online reporting system for any future ROW reports, that will ensure it gets to the right team first time and you will receive updates on your report.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 10:36, Tuesday 26 September 2023

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