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Trees on grass verge overhanging public footpath/pigeon fouling

Reported via desktop in the Trees category anonymously at 08:36, Wednesday 28 September 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

The mature lime trees on the grass verges in Milton Road used to be regularly maintained/pruned by OCC. However this has not occurred for too many years now, so that the trees have grown considerably and overhang the footpath and private gardens. Unfortunately some now provide roosts for large numbers of pigeons, this is the case particularly where 2 trees are planted together such as at no. 53. The fouling from these birds make the public footpath slippery and insanitary and as such this is a hazard particularly for those of us with mobility issues. Could branches overhanging the path be removed to eliminate this problem. I note that work is due from the electricity supply company; but they do not normally undertake the work that is required as they are more concerned with vertical growth.

Council ref: ENQ22934524

Asset ID: 0F90

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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 08:37, Wednesday 28 September 2022

  • Thank you for your enquiry. I have been to the location and assessed the tree. I have not specified any works because no defects were identified that mean works are required or necessary. The Tree Service will not carry out works to alleviate concerns or issues arising from leaves, honeydew, sap, fruit, nuts, seeds, bird droppings or blossom. Many of these are natural life cycles of a tree and cannot be reasonably addressed by pruning.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:22, Friday 7 October 2022

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