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Tree management issue in conservation area near Locksbrook Cemetery Lodge

Reported via desktop in the Trees and woodland category anonymously at 12:16, Thursday 21 September 2023

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 5017498.

We would like to bring an urgent safety issue to your attention regarding a tree on council owned land, within the cemetery and conservation area on the Upper Bristol Road. Tree adjacent to our boundary wall is causing the crack in this wall. Additionally, our sewer is blocked with tree roots, causing sewage to back up into our shower. We have remedied the immediate issue of having sewage in our shower. We are also in the process of getting a quote to clear the sewer properly and already have a quote for mending the large crack in the wall. However, the issues will re-occur if the tree itself is not managed properly. We are very concerned that if the crack in the wall progresses much further, the wall is at risk of falling over, potentially causing injury. The health implications of having sewage in the shower of a holiday let is not an issue we wish to repeat either. We have attached images of the tree, the crack in the wall and the tree roots in the sewer. Please could you contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss how we can work together to resolve the issues that the tree is causing to our property?

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  • Thank you for your report. We have investigated your report and are now dealing with the issue. We will update your report once the work is complete.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 12:12, Tuesday 26 September 2023

  • Category changed from ‘Obstructive vegetation’ to ‘Trees and woodland’

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 15:10, Tuesday 26 September 2023

  • Included photo of tree roots in sewer when blockage was cleared.

    Posted anonymously at 12:35, Friday 6 October 2023

  • The cracked boundary wall of the cemetery has been reported to the council's Property Services to investigate. Tree roots will only grow into an underground pipe that is already cracked.

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 14:48, Friday 10 November 2023

  • Given that the tree roots have cracked the entire boundary wall, it is reasonable to assume that they have cracked the sewer pipe as well.

    Posted anonymously at 16:03, Friday 10 November 2023

  • Thank you for your comments. I am happy to respond with more detail directly in the current email correspondence if you prefer.

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 10:44, Monday 13 November 2023

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