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Overgrown tree causing damage to my house.

Reported anonymously at 15:57, Friday 9 October 2020

Dear Sir or Madam I am the owner occupier of 3 Wandsworth Common, West Side, London, SW18 2EL. Directly outside my house is a double red line – red route for London. Growing on the pavement directly in front of my house is a large London plane tree. Unfortunately, Transport for London has failed to correctly pollard or otherwise prune this tree which has now reached a height in excess of my house. Furthermore, branches from this tree have been pressing against the side of my house and guttering causing damage. I have had cause to telephone Transport for London in relation to the damage being caused but nothing has been done and the blame is passed to Wandswoth Council. As the tree is on the red route, I am advised it is your responsibility. Despite a number of complaints made, no action has been taken. Accordingly, I am holding Transport for London liable for the damage caused to my property, including damage to the guttering. Additionally, the gutters are now being clogged with leaves cause further damage. It is therefore essential that an inspector comes to the property as soon as possible to ascertain the damage caused to my property by your tree and thereafter enure that all remedial steps taken firstly to pollard the tree and recompense me for the damage caused to my house. My contact number is 07956567766. If I do not hear from you within two weeks from the date of this email (24.10.20), I will have to instruct my own tree expert and take whatever necessary action I deem fit. Needless to say, any cost which I incur I will seek reimbursement from Transport for London. Additionally, because of the failure to properly pollard the tree, the roots to the said tree have grown and have caused the pavement to become very uneven. Additionally, the expansion of the root network has caused my garden path to become destabilized and has caused my front gate to destabilize which makes it difficult shutting it. In those circumstances, I shall also be instructing a surveyor to ascertain the damage caused to my front gate and garden path unless I hear from you within two weeks with your proposals. I look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely Andrew Haremer

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