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Branch / shrubbery fallen onto footpath

Reported via mobile anonymously at 20:29, Sunday 16 June 2024

Sent to Buckinghamshire Council 1 day, 20 hours, 51 minutes later. FixMyStreet ref: 6114500.

Footpath is located off the Oxford road bus lane, running down between the side of lower close and upper abbots and the brook. The branch / shrubs which are located towards the upper abbots end of the path (just round from the bridge over the brook) have either come down in the wind or someone has deliberately pulled them down. There were not there yesterday at 8pm but there tonight at 7:30pm. You can walk round but buggies, those with dogs on leads or anyone with mobility vehicles would not be able to get round easily if at all. Path is used constantly throughout the day.

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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 20:29, Sunday 16 June 2024

  • Update

    We have reviewed the issue reported and have amended the category; this will ensure your report is directed to the most appropriate team at the council.

    State changed to: For Triage

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 10:09, Monday 17 June 2024

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