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Trees interferring with Telephone wires

Reported via desktop in the Tree Requires Pruning category anonymously at 16:13, Friday 7 October 2022 using FixMyStreet Pro

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later

Silver birch trees to the right of my property looking from street are interferring with my telephone wires and need pruning back. I am also concerned that further back and again alongside my property other silver birch trees are in danger of damaging my house during high winds. I am 64 years old and partially disabled - unable therefore to scale a ladder to cut back overhanging branches.

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  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 16:13, Friday 7 October 2022

  • This tree has been inspected and is not considered to require remedial works at this time. The situation will be reviewed cyclically and any required action will be addressed within a future works programme.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:27, Tuesday 11 October 2022

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Site visit undertaken 10/10/22. No action is to be taken regarding the reported tree, please note that as outlined in our Tree Management Strategy ( downloads/ file/ 3334/ tree_management_strategy_2016-2020) the Council will not prune trees in relation to the following:

    • Branches overhanging properties - residents have the right to exorcise their right under Common Law to prune back branches to their property boundary;

    • Where a tree is thought be overly large;

    • Interference with satellite, TV or other media reception;

    • Branches and/or limbs in physical contact with telephone wires - telephone wires are plastic coated and faults on the line are very rarely caused by contact with branches;

    Please note that your service provider as part of the service agreement is responsible for their network of overhead cables and has specialist teams to undertake utility pruning which may require the temporary connection of cables to facilitate works.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 15:37, Tuesday 11 October 2022

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