The Royal Borough Audit and Performance Review Panel heard a report that revealed a dangerous backlog of around 360 tree enquiries. These enquiries included reports of hazardous branches and decaying trees, and a delay in dealing with them could lead to a rise in the number of falling tree injuries. It was also revealed that the Borough team dealing with these matters only had two members of staff for several months earlier in the year, although it is now back to full capacity.
On the council’s website, a pledge to deal with reports in 10 days has fallen by the wayside, and as reports routinely take over 28 days to deal with, the number of falling tree injuries could rise. Councillor George Fussey commented, “If one of these trees is not in a good state and it falls on somebody it will have consequences in terms of corporate responsibility and legally, the chief executive and leader will be the liable ones.”
Currently, the council is carrying out an audit of the one million trees on Royal Borough land, and they’re also working in conjunction with other organisations to examine trees on privately owned land, in a bid to reduce the number of falling tree injuries in the area.
Have you been injured by a falling tree?
Falling trees are unfortunately fairly common during extreme weather conditions and when it is snowing, windy or stormy, you may see falling trees in your neighbourhood. To some extent, the maintenance of trees can help to prevent them falling during bad weather – weak trees or those that are decaying, for example, should be removed and dealt with. If a tree has fallen on you, your house or your car, the consequences could be very serious. People have been killed or seriously injured by falling trees, not to mention the huge cost of damage to your vehicle or property. If this has affected you, you may be able to claim compensation.
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If your local council has failed to act on a report of a dangerous or decaying tree, which has then fallen over during bad weather and caused you injury, we’re here to help. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today, however you have been injured, and we promise to provide you with confidential advice. There’s no obligation to proceed with a claim, so you can simply ring us with your questions before deciding if you want to go ahead. If you do decide to make a claim, our lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ basis, and it’s free to call our helpline. Why not call us for advice today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.