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RE: Street trees and the Disability Discrimination Act

Subject: RE: Street trees and the Disability Discrimination Act
From: Wetherhill, Tim
Date: May 10 2006 11:49:37
Bettina

I have discussed this topic with one of our Highway Engineers with a view to
having a prepared defence strategy ready if we needed it. I found in the
Code of Practice for Highway Maintenance Management on page 99, at item
9.6.4, it says (and I know it is discussing the condition of the footway
surface for slips and trips and does not give reference to the width),

Extensive root growth from larger trees can cause significant damage to the
surface of footways, particularly in urban areas. A risk assessment should
therefore be undertaken with specialist arboricultural advice on the most
appropriate course of action, if possible to avoid harm to the tree. In
these circumstances, it may be difficult for authorities to reconcile their
responsibilities for surface regularity, with wider environmental
considerations and a reduced standard of regularity may be acceptable.

Highlighting this to our engineers, that in the most recent guidance they
have, it is ok to put the trees needs first, has change the way they handle
footway re-constructing schemes at the design stage. We have 2 location here
where lengthy footways are now reduced to 0.75 and 0.5m. They are being
considered with the long term needs of the trees first and the modern
standards will hopefully fit around them. As David has said, managing the
risk. And I think, managing the risk reasonably.

If you can persuade the right person to have the will, there is a way.

Hope its useful.


Tim Wetherhill
Arboricultural Officer, City Services
Phone 02476 XXXXXX
Mobile 07973 XXXXXX
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bettina Broadway-Mann [mailto:bettina.broadway-mann@xxxxxxxx.gov.uk] 
Sent: 10 May 2006 11:27
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: RE: Street trees and the Disability Discrimination Act


All interesting answers - thank you.


But has anyone else out there had to deal with this yet?  or been to court
about it?  or even got as far having a strategy for it?


Many thanks,
B





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