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Overgrown tree causing issues

Reported via mobile in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 20:31, Wednesday 18 May 2022

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3535475.

This tree is extremely overgrown and not only blocks the light from our property but is also overhanging the carriageway and is frequently hit by passing delivery vehicles causing debris to fall and cause obstruction in the road and potentially cause an accident. It is a concern not just for us but also our neighbours. It is the largest tree in the street and is in desperate need of pollarding to restrict future problems whereby the roots may be causing damage to drains in the vicinity which could result in a house insurance claim being made. Please can this matter be escalated I am a disabled resident and this is causing me unnecessary stress. Kind regards

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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 20:32, Wednesday 18 May 2022

  • Whilst North Northamptonshire Council is sympathetic we do not undertake tree works to facilitate light to either land (gardens, etc) or property (houses, conservatories, solar panels etc). However, we can confirm that we have raised a works order to lift to give height clearance over carriageway. This should be completed within six months’ time. Please be assured that you will receive an update once repairs are concluded.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 11:27, Monday 23 May 2022

  • The state of this overgrown tree within a residential area is now a cause for concern as it is in no doubt having an impact on the condition of below ground services. I believe trimming back the lower branches is not going to improve things to be honest and urge you to rethink pollarding the tree to bring it in line with the size of the other trees within Addison Road Regards

    Posted anonymously at 18:48, Monday 23 May 2022

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 18:48, Monday 23 May 2022

  • Thank you for your further comments. Unfortunately, the tree you have referred to is not suitable for pollarding

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 10:10, Thursday 26 May 2022

  • Good afternoon Thank you for the information that the tree causing concern is not suitable for pollarding. Please can you then tell me what can be done about reducing the size of the tree before I speak to a solicitor about this matter as the tree is definitely being neglected and not maintained and the public highway is unsafe. The tree is over our boundary line above ground so therefore the chance of it being over our boundary under ground are fairly likely. The Highways Act 1980, Section 154 details the below Cutting or felling etc. trees etc. that overhang or are a danger to roads or footpaths which is the case here. Where a hedge, tree or shrub overhangs a highway or any other road or footpath to which the public has access so as to endanger or obstruct the passage of vehicles or pedestrians, or obstructs or interferes with the view of drivers of vehicles or the light By law, a local council is required to manage and undertake work to any tree which constitutes a statutory nuisance and all councils will have a programme of inspection and tree maintenance works to not only protect local residents but to safely do so. Please can this be raised as an urgent issue? Regards

    Posted anonymously at 13:03, Thursday 26 May 2022

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 13:04, Thursday 26 May 2022

  • Thank you for your further comments. This maintenance will most likely be in the autumn, as there are currently birds nesting in the vegetation there. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:02, Friday 10 June 2022

  • Hello please can you let me know the anticipated time frame for pollarding this tree in Addison Road now that the nesting season is over. I note that the trees in Dunkirk Avenue have now been successfully pollarded and I am just enquiring when Addison Road is due to be pollarded. Many thanks for your assistance Kind regards

    Posted anonymously at 16:18, Tuesday 1 November 2022

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