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Tree Branches are very overgrown

Reported in the Trees category anonymously at 10:57, Wednesday 14 August 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 5 minutes later

Tree branches are very overgrown and overhangs the road and their is a risk of the branches falling on residents property and on the road.

Council ref: ENQ19840452

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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 11:01, Wednesday 14 August 2019

  • We have concerns regarding very substantial trees to the rear of our property and that of our neighbour. Following last weekend’s storms we have had quite a number of fallen branches from the trees behind our property and Grafton, our neighbouring property. My wife and I cleared the debris from the Sandford St Martin Road but our prime concern is that the trees in question are very substantial and over the weekend, as happens occasionally, developed a “sail like quality”! A number of the trees now have branches stretching across the road over both our property and Grafton and we were fortunate this weekend in that the large branches that came down fell on the road, rather than on the properties. Large load carrying agricultural vehicles have also bought down quite large low hanging branches and unfortunately we have had to have replacement tiles fitted on the relevant section of our roof.

    The trees in question seem to be sited on the verge a hundred yards or so from the junction of Enstone Road and Sandford St Martin Road. Our prime concern is, as you will appreciate, is that if any of these trees were to be uprooted during a storm similar to those we experienced over the weekend, or even if larger branches were too fall, they could potentially demolish a part of both our property and Grafton as well as having the potential to be life threatening.

    Posted by Rhys Lewis at 16:16, Wednesday 14 August 2019

  • Thank you for your report. We have assessed it and found that it does not currently meet the criteria for intervention, so will not be fixing at this time.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:30, Monday 2 September 2019

  • Thank you for your response. However, your map indicating the situation of the problem is wrong and as mentioned in my report, the trees in question are on the Sandford St Martin Road, not Enstone Road and behind the properties of Grafton and Manor Farm Barn (OX7 7AB). also, could you advise of your criteria to "fix" this issue. I am wondering if that might be when branches have fallen from the trees in question and crashed through our roof. Please advise.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Rhys Lewis at 11:49, Friday 6 September 2019

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