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Overgrown tree

Reported via desktop in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 10:32, Mon 8 November 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3110520.

The large sycamore to the side of my property (40 Garfield Street) affects my rear garden by shedding honeydew all summer, covering my plants with sticky residue and making it difficult to enjoy sitting outside. The tree is also of a size that, when in leaf, overshadows my rear garden. In autumn it sheds a vast number of leaves over both my garden and the pavement which for aesthetic and Health & Safety reasons I am clearing up regularly. Finally, there is distortion to the pavement and I am concerned about my brick wall in the area close to the tree roots. I would like to repair the wall and have my rear garden landscaped however the tree issues do need to be resolved first. Could you please take a look at the tree and advise what can be done? Many thanks.

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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 Highways at 10:32, Mon 8 November 2021

  • My wall has been looked at by both a bricklayer and a groundworks contractor and they showed concern about the damage the tree is doing to the wall. Could you send someone out to inspect the damage or at least provide an update as to what can be done.

    Posted anonymously at 19:07, Wednesday 19 January 2022

  • Thank you for your enquiry, this has been passed to the tree department. We will update once a reference has been received.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 11:16, Thursday 20 January 2022

  • Thank you for your enquiry, concerning vegetation blocking light to your property, and dropping sap and leaves. Whilst we appreciate your comments, the vegetation that you have identified is not currently a safety concern to the highway user. Unfortunately, we are unable to undertake works to facilitate light to either land or property. Similarly, we can accept no responsibility for tree-leaf litter, seed-drop, sap-exudations, or the like, as these are natural physiological occurrences only to be expected by trees. Whilst we do have a duty of care to keep pavement in good structural repair, gardens (front or rear), whether those of the Council or private properties, are the concern of the occupiers. All Highway trees are inspected on an annual basis to check their health and structural condition, any work requirements for trees are then programmed in accordingly. There is no maintenance scheduled for this tree at present. You can contact Kettering Borough Council if you have any further queries

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:25, Thursday 20 January 2022

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