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Large trees very close to overhead cables about to fall down

Reported via desktop in the Overhanging branch/tree category anonymously at 11:22, Thursday 2 May 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5925044.

Opp 15 Courtfield Gardens 3 trees that are hanging with blue rope You recently cut a few branches,but left the back trees which I believe could fall at any moment and the tree heights are above the cables Please treat this email as urgent please

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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 11:22, Thursday 2 May 2024

  • Update

    We do not prune or fell any tree to remove or reduce interference with telecommunication or electrical wires. Should you be experiencing issues with your service, and you believe it is caused by the tree, you must bring this matter to the attention of the service provider, as soon as possible.

    Your service provider is responsible for applying to prune or cut branches that may be attributing to an established telecommunications fault, it maybe that your service provider may be able to suggest an alternative solution to the problem

    We appreciate this may not be the response you were hoping for and apologise that we are unable to help you directly with your enquiry on this occasion but hope that the information provided may be able to direct you to the right area for assistance.

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 13:35, Tuesday 7 May 2024

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