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RE: Anyone know of an insurance precedent!?...

Subject: RE: Anyone know of an insurance precedent!?...
From: Trevor Heaps
Date: Dec 12 2008 10:52:29
Thanks Ron,

Sound like I might have a bit of a fight, although have had some other, quite 
positive responses too!

Cheers

Trevor


--- On Fri, 12/12/08, Howe, Ron <Ron.Howe@xxxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk> wrote:

From: Howe, Ron <Ron.Howe@xxxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk>
Subject: RE: Anyone know of an insurance precedent!?...
To: "UK Tree Care" <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Date: Friday, December 12, 2008, 10:48 AM
Trevor,

The exact same thing happened to me around 7 years ago and
the District Council were found liable. The result was that
the District Council underwrote itself and paid £90,000 to
the insurers for the rebuilding of a bungalow. The building
had suffered immense damage from a large Weeping Willow,
actually owned by the County Council, that we had pruned
over a path leading to a local park. The works had been done
by my predecessor over a number of years, including the
removal of deadwood and pruning back in response to cracking
of the building. The previous TO just assumed it was the
District Council's tree.

Ron Howe
Planning Tree Officer
Mole Valley District Council
Pippbrook
Dorking
RH4 1SJ
Direct Tel. 01306 XXX XXX


-----Original Message-----
From: Trevor Heaps [mailto:theapsy@xxxxxx.com] 
Sent: Fri, 12 December 2008 09:24
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Anyone know of an insurance precedent!?...

Hi,

I'm currently trying to fight an insurance claim:

I work for a local authority and we recently pruned some
trees that had been cited in an insurance claim. We have
since found out that the trees were on private land and we
are trying to avoid being involved. The insurance company is
saying that, I quote:

"Given that the Council's contractors did
undertake work to the trees, this would show that the
Council exercised ownership and/or control. Accordingly, we
consider that the Council are the appropraie defendents in
this matter."

Can anyone help me out with this one?

Thanks...

Trevor



      




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