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Dear all, I am a Windsor resident and BBC London journalist so I am investigating this with two hats on. I have spoke to the council, the Express and the Observer. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any information which may be of use. Is there and official petition going? How many people are involved? ANGIE WALKER - NEWS PRODUCER020 7765 092007843 691796
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9-Mar-2011 03:29 PM
'The Royal Borough has been advised, by our loss adjusters Ufton Associates, to remove the cedar tree on St Leonards Road. The soil and tree root analysis provided by the insurers/loss adjusters for 92 and 94 St Leonards Road sufficiently implicates the tree in law as the cause of the subsidence to those properties. There is substantial cracking consistent with the movement of the front of the building. We are currently assessing the situation to see if there is any way of saving the tree without incurring significant costs to the public purse.
'Underpinning of the houses could be necessary if the tree remains, which would result in a substantial claim against the Council.
'The solicitors acting for the adjacent property have stated that if the tree is not to be removed then they will arrange to issue injunctive proceedings against the Council. Ufton Associates’ advice is that under established case law it is likely a court will find in favour of the claimants, and the Council will have to meet the outlay as well as the additional legal costs including success fees of the other side/s.
'We are doing all we can to try and save the tree in what are very difficult circumstances and are seeking further independent advice.
'An update will be available once an outcome is reached.'
As far as we know the houses date from the early 1900s - but the owners would be better placed to answer that. I am still chasing on the figures.
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I'm advising officers that they'll have to hang me on the tree before it's cut down - so, at least they have a choice!
10-Mar-2011 09:26 AM
10-Mar-2011 09:55 AM
Thanks for your message.
I would respond that there is room for pedestrians to pass by the tree safely on the inside. Parents with a pram could always use the other pavement if it was a real problem to them, which I doubt. The suggestion that a such a magnificent tree of such great age should be felled because it is a slight inconvenience to a few pedestrians is not a valid argument, to say the least.
There is no proof that the tree is totally responsible for the damage. That is why we are pressing for public consultation to establish the facts and debate the options. There are other influences such as the very dry weather over the last year or more. Source Metoffice web site 2010. The rushed decision to fell was based on the threatened insurers legal action and not on the facts relating to the situation. The facts are as yet unknown so could not have been. It was merely a borough officer running scared of a financial cost. Not the way to arrive at decisions such as these.
The tree is 200 years old - for 200 years it has been there - and for 100 years the houses have been there. The owners must accept that they bought the houses with the tree in place and their surveyor would have advised re any possibility of problems. They elected to buy the properties regardless, fully aware of the situation, yet now the borough are being blackmailed by the insurers. The root of the problem is the desire by the insurers to increase their profitability and decrease their obligations, which is not what insurance is supposed to be about (which is to spread risk across the entire community).
The borough attempted to ignore the general public by attempting to rush through the felling of the tree before anyone noticed. Not even our elected councillors were aware of what was being planned secretly. If you are happy to be ignored by the borough officers and treated so abominably, then so be it. But you can see that you are in the minority.
I trust you will reconsider your support for the felling of this magnificent specimen. We are hugely lucky to have such an example gracing our street scene for so long. It must be retained.
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