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Large tree blown down, part blocking roadway

Reported via mobile in the Overhanging branch/tree category anonymously at 07:38, Monday 26 February 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5630483.

A large tree was uprooted by the wind on 26th Feb at approx 6am. The tree has fallen onto other trees which may also be damaged. The top of the fallen tree is suspended over the roadway, with branches blocking one side of the carriageway. It looks like it could fall further.

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  • A Highway Officer will carry out an initial assessment of the tree, emergency issues will be corrected or made safe at the time of the inspection, if reasonably practicable to do so. In this context, making safe may constitute displaying warning notices, coning‐off or fencing‐off to protect the public from the tree or other suitable action.

    If the inspection team cannot make safe the defect at the time of inspection, then they will instigate the relevant emergency call procedures to ensure appropriate resources are mobilised to make the tree safe. Not all Highway Officers are not qualified as tree experts and in some cases they may need to arrange for a tree surgeon to visit the site and carry out a survey on the tree which can take up to 12 weeks.

    There may also be occasions when the issue reported will be classified as a minor defect and does not pose any risk to either the safety or the integrity of the highway, these are called minimum recording levels as specified in our Highways Safety Inspection Policy, in these cases no action will be taken.

    We do not prune or remove council owned trees to improve natural light for a private property (including obstruction of solar panels). If you wish to carry out any work on a tree, you must first check the tree is not protected before any work is started. How to find out if a tree has a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) in Buckinghamshire.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 07:38, Monday 26 February 2024

  • Update

    The Highway Officer has attended the site and carried an inspection based on your report.

    As a result of this inspection, we have instructed our contractor to resolve the issue reported within five working days.

    Thank you for taking the time to let us know, your reports alongside our Highways Safety Inspections are crucial to ensuring our network is safe for all residents and visitors.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 13:39, Monday 26 February 2024

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