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Tree branches are close to telephone lines

Reported via desktop in the Trees category anonymously at 17:16, Wednesday 15 September 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

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I understand that the council cannot help me by cutting back this tree, as it is on my neighbour's land. But can you please comment on whether I need any permission to cut this tree back, as long as I have the permission of my neighbour of course. I don't know if I need consent before I ask a tree surgeon to make it safe?

Council ref: ENQ21905551

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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 17:17, Wednesday 15 September 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. You may wish to contact the land owner directly to pursue this enquiry further.

    Owners of trees have a legal duty of care to take reasonable steps to avoid any foreseeable risk to persons likely to be affected by any omissions of that duty of care i.e. failure to take any action in respect of a potentially dangerous tree may result in claim of negligence in common law.

    Prior to undertaking tree works you are advised to contact your Local Planning Authority (District Council) to see if your trees are afforded any statutory protection in the form of a Tree Preservation Order (or if you live within a Conservation Area). We are happy to discuss works that are required as some of them may fall within the dead or dangerous category and as such are exempt from statutory protection (it is however up the landowner to check this prior to works commencing)

    All tree works should be undertaken by competent professionals who hold appropriate training/certification and the relevant insurances (as tree works tend to be of a dangerous nature).

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:51, Thursday 16 September 2021

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