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Trees overhanging property and telephone line

Reported in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 16:34, Sunday 12 July 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2196779.

So you’ve come back saying there is no problem with trees overhanging onto our property and touching telephone lines, log number 2158460. As you can see from the photos we dispute your comments. These trees are overhanging our property onto roof of our caravan. We take delivery of new caravan this month and don’t want an accident waiting to happen if these branches fall, as the council will be liable.

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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 07:17, Monday 13 July 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. 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.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 11:38, Monday 13 July 2020

  • Following an on-site risk based assessment there is no action required at this time.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 11:38, Monday 13 July 2020

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