Trees

Tree works the Council will not undertake

Common complaints relating to trees that the Council are not legally obligated to deal with, under current legislation, include:

  • trees/branches blocking light – there is no legal right to light so pruning will only be considered as part of the cyclical programme

  • tree debris (falling leaves, fruit or cones) – this is not a ‘legal nuisance’ and is regarded as a natural process so pruning will only be considered as part of the cyclical programme

    Note: if the debris is causing a health and safety issue on a public road or path, please report this online.

  • branches touching telephone wires – this is the responsibility of British Telecom (BT) so please report to http://www.openreach.co.uk/orpg/home/contactus/contactus.do

  • honeydew – this is a sticky substance produced by insects feeding on leaves which then can drop onto the ground or on property and cars. There is no practical treatment to prevent this so pruning will only be considered as part of the cyclical programme

    Note: residents should consider measures which they can take to protect their property – for instance, getting covers for or regular washing of cars/property.

  • bird fouling – even when trees are pruned they are still inhabited by wildlife so there are no practical measures or treatment for this so pruning will only be considered as part of the cyclical programme

  • solar panels – trees may cause issues with power output from solar panels due to shading so pruning will only be considered as part of the cyclical programme

    Note: residents should think of taking measures like relocating aerials/dishes to another part of the roof or buying signal ‘boosters’

  • pollens and allergens – as all vegetation produces pollen as part of a natural process, this does not constitute a ‘legal nuisance’ so pruning will only be considered as part of the cyclical programme.

    Note: if you, or a family member, are suffering from an allergy, please refer to the advice given at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Allergies/Pages/Introduction.aspx