30+ year old protected (or weve been told it is but council say its not on their records as ever being there) tree near roadside.
Now, I'm going to assume that some smart cookie in council/utility planning somewhere figured years ago "oh look a tree growing under where we want to run our lines and put a street light, that will never be a problem." and had the lines and street light installed....
Today, said tree has grown up and in the middle of it is the following :
* street light
* Telephone lines for all the neighbors
In high winds, the branches of the tree move/rub the lines, and now I've seen theres a branch thats broken off lying across some of the (pretty sure its phone) lines.
Called the council and theyve said to contact the utility companies..... the issue I can see forthcoming tho is this... who pays ?
"Officially" I'm the land owner so therefore its my responsibility, yet this has been an issue long before I bought the property (3 yrs ago).
Some people have said that the utility company will generally sort it out the first time and I keep on top of it from there which is fair and fine with me.
And who do I contact considering theres 3 different services involved ? Can see if I contact one, they'll argue for the other two to help with costs (if they're nice and will cover it) and Ill sit there with a tree dropping more branches onto their lines and eventually bringing one/all the lines down.....
Home ownership... never ending battles.... :)