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Overhanging tree branches

Reported in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 17:42, Wednesday 12 February 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 4 minutes later. ref: 1994734.

Previous reference 1991800 The above case has been closed however I feel the response was unsatisfactory. My concern was not with the highway its with the damage which can be caused to my house or my children due to the falling branches. Can this tree not be cut back to make it safer for the winter months before someone is injured? I do not expect the response received in the above query reference which was very flippant and disregarding.

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 17:46, Wednesday 12 February 2020

  • Thank you for your enquiry. In law there is no legal obligation for a tree owner, private or public, to prune trees in order to prevent branches spreading over a boundary, unless structural damage is caused. However, there is a common law right which permits a person (or their agent i.e. tree surgeon, gardener, etc) to prune back any growth of tree, shrub etc to the line of their boundary, e.g. fence line, as long as any cuttings are disposed of in a responsible manner, i.e. not dumped on public property or private land.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 12:06, Thursday 27 February 2020

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