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An overgrown maple tree, the roots of which have made the pavement dangerous. Among the damage are cracks about 3 inches deep and 3 inches wide. The roots are invading the gardens of adjacent private properties, destroying planting. Damage is also just starting to paths inside the gardens and threatening a garage within one of the gardens.

Reported in the Pavements category anonymously at 20:51, Saturday 7 September 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 3 minutes later

It has been FOUR YEARS since we first brought this problem to the attention of the Council, and I also believe my neighbour has been complaining continuously for about two years and the only thing that has happened is that the mature maple tree has been cut back from overhanging our gardens, although still overhanging the parking area. This has done nothing to address the dangerous footpath or the invasive roots, but has left the tree an ugly eyesore. I have much photographic evidence of the damage caused, but have only been able to attach 3 photos. The first photo shows just one of the roots entering my garden and choking my plants. The second shows the root damage to the footpath and the roots entering our gardens. The third shows the width of one of the cracks, it is just as deep. I also have photos of a large hump, caused by a root, right outside my neighbour's back gate. Also one showing that the footpath had dropped 2 inches below the kerb. Another showing the many roots coming from the tree, and breaking up the kerb at the corner of the parking area.

Council ref: ENQ19842132

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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 20:55, Saturday 7 September 2019

  • Thank you for your report. Unfortunately, you have not given an exact location of where this issue is. Please provide a house number and road name and we will investigate further to see if this location is maintainable at public expense, before raising any footway repairs. Please report any tree related issues directly with the tree team for their consideration. This can be done by using the Tree category when raising the report. They will also need to investigate further to see if this tree is the responsibility of Highways to maintain. Thank you

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:36, Monday 9 September 2019

  • Thank you for your report. Unfortunately, you have not given an exact location of where this issue is. Please provide a house number and road name and we will investigate further to see if this location is maintainable at public expense, before raising any footway repairs. Please report any tree related issues directly with the tree team for their consideration. This can be done by using the Tree category when raising the report. They will also need to investigate further to see if this tree is the responsibility of Highways to maintain. Thank you

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:31, Monday 30 September 2019

  • Thank you for your report. Unfortunately, you have not given an exact location of where this issue is. Please provide a house number and road name and we will investigate further to see if this location is maintainable at public expense, before raising any footway repairs. Please report any tree related issues directly with the tree team for their consideration. This can be done by using the Tree category when raising the report. They will also need to investigate further to see if this tree is the responsibility of Highways to maintain. Thank you

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:47, Wednesday 2 October 2019

  • Thank you for your report. I have received no further information regarding the exact location of these issues but I have walked the area to find this location as there are approx 30 footways between woodfield and high furlong. I have identified the location using the photographs given. I can confirm that the footway in this location is Highways to maintain only. I have referred this area to a Technical officer for minor patching.The tree outside/to the back of number 10 is not ours to maintain. You may be able to further your enquiry by contacting Cherwell district council regarding this.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 10:06, Wednesday 2 October 2019

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