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Tree on highway verge between 12 and 14 Ludlow Drive.

Reported in the Trees category anonymously at 12:44, Thu 16 May 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

Located on the highway verge between 12 and 14 Ludlow Drive.

We had several trees within our garden removed/reduced in height in order to bring more light into our garden; despite this there is a large tree outside of our boundary between the pavement and road that is blocking out a lot of light in our garden even drying clothes outside in the summer last year was at times problematic due to the tree, it deprives us of sunshine in the summer when the tree is in full foliage and as a result there is additional shade in our garden. I would be grateful if you could please programme in to reduce the height of the tree.

Previously you confirmed that the tree had been assessed, please provide a copy of the report or provide the criteria for when you maintain trees.

Thank you

Council ref: ENQ19833304

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:45, Thu 16 May 2019

  • Photos from earlier on in the year.

    Posted anonymously at 13:14, Thu 16 May 2019

  • Thank you for your enquiry. There are no statutory or common law rights to light for a private landowner as relates to the presence of trees. OCC look at each individual enquiry to determine if any statutory works are required which may alleviate the situation. Unfortunately, on this occasion no statutory works are appropriate on the tree as described in the enquiry.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:24, Fri 17 May 2019

  • Thank you for your reply. I am unsure why you refer to statutory or common law rights. Your own website suggests that the law is rarely a remedy. As per your website I am trying to have amicable discussion. ( residents/ environment-and-planning/ countryside/ trees-and-woodland/ common-tree-issues)

    I need to provide details to our house insurance about how you manage the large tree to enable them to include this on their records.

    Posted anonymously at 12:42, Fri 17 May 2019

  • If you have any further details please let me know. Thank you

    Posted anonymously at 20:54, Tue 21 May 2019

  • Please provide an update on this, many thanks

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 13:45, Fri 24 May 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 13:00, Thu 13 June 2019

  • Tree on highway verge between 12 and 14 Ludlow Drive, this overshadows other houses and the garage of no7 . In the coming high winds, there is now an urgent need to crop it - houses and more importantly lives are potentially at risk.

    Posted anonymously at 16:35, Thu 26 September 2019

  • Yesterday Thursday October 10 my neighbour in Ludlow Drive had his hedge professionally trimmed (by a couple of inches) by Barnes and Wells Tree Care 01296 615 969 - at the request of the council. This is to facilitate the twice daily passage of mums on foot (4 times a day in total) with children and pushchairs travelling to Barley Hill School. Yet adjacent to the hedge is a beautiful but overgrown oak tree with a tree preservation order, belonging to the council. As can be seen from the photos the roots on the path side are rising up through lever action of the wind on the unequally growing branches. This prevents passage with a pushchair so the mothers have to push their babies in the road twice daily ie four passes per day. The danger from this is clear. Additionally the roots have logically grown through the telephone and electrical cables, Sewage & Storm drains. When the winter storms and gales happen, the current visible unbalanced nature of the tree will - or hopefully only IF it uproots - cause devastation to these services and misery to the local residents in the winter. They would presumably have to be moved out on health and safety grounds if the sewage conduits were ruptured. Due to the preservation order the tree experts trimming the hedge explained that the tree’s foliage cannot be cut by more than 50%, and I would respectfully request that the tree on the side facing the road has a large amount of foliage removed to balance it with its other side, decreasing the lever action of wind that currently acts upon the disproportionately large branches on the road side of the tree. I was informed that the bill would be in the region of hundreds of pounds, nothing like the tens of thousands of damage that a tree of this size uprooting in a gale would wreak.

    Posted anonymously at 20:05, Fri 11 October 2019

  • I wondered whether you could please provide an update on this, the pavement is now approximately 80 - 100mm higher and it creates a huge trip hazard and the pubic are unable to use the path for push chairs etc, resulting in young children having to go into the road.

    Posted anonymously at 20:44, Sun 10 November 2019

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