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3 Platanus x Hispanica (London Plane trees) causing contact damage to the roof and trees and a safety concern due to possibility of Massaria affecting branches in a tree with an apparent lack of management

Reported in the Damage - general (Trees) category anonymously at 16:47, Wednesday 15 July 2020

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS2201991.

3 London plane trees in contact with the property and beginning to obstruct a gate entrance. The trees are on the NE side of Park road as indicated on the map. Contact damage is being caused both to property and trees. Looking at the size of the growth this has been in contact for a year at the minimum which also poses the question when were these trees last aerially inspected for Massaria. One would assume that whilst inspecting the full crown the branches in contact with the property would have been pruned so (although not necessarily the case) one would assume that the trees haven't been aerially inspected for some time. As arboricultural consultants we are advising trees to be inspected yearly, given the risks that Massaria poses. As I'm sure you are aware Massaria is a significant risk to health and safety and should be managed appropriately as well as the regular maintenance which if being carried out properly should have avoided the contact damage at least one pruning cycle ago. I expect these trees must be due for an inspection and pruning, but given the contact damage, and the hot, dry weather which can cause Massaria to more rapidly shed branches, I would hope that the work on these trees are accelerated now this has been brought to your attention. I understand you must be very busy and appreciate your attention to this matter. If these works are in hand please let me know so I know when to expect the works to be completed. Otherwise if you do not have the resources at this challenging time to carry out these works do you ever allow works to be carried out by a suitable contractor, who then can charge these works to TFL? Either way if you could contact me to advise on the best course of action I would appreciate it greatly.

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  • Thank you for taking the time to report this to us, under the current COVID-19 working restrictions we are not able to carry some of our regular day to day duties. However we are working hard to fix all safety critical issues. If this issue that you have reported is not safety critical we will fix this when we can. Should you need anything else or have any questions please contact customer services on 0343 222 1234. We will continue to serve you the best that we can but urge everyone not to make journeys unless absolutely necessary

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by TfL at 19:45, Friday 17 July 2020

  • Dear Tfl, Please can you get in contact to inform of the works carried out. The update simply says fixed, but I understand that the trees are still in contact with the property roof. Have the trees been cut back, aerially inspected for Massaria or any other work taken place?

    Posted anonymously at 20:19, Thursday 30 July 2020

  • Unfortunately we have not been able to fix this within the timescale that we originally told you. This is in progress and we hope to have it fixed soon. Should you need anything else or have any questions please contact customer services on 0343 222 1234

    Posted by TfL at 10:45, Friday 31 July 2020

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