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What steps have you taken so far please?
Only general correspondence with the tree officer from the council following a site meetinf in January. He said he would carry out pruning to give a maximum of 3m clearance to the building line.
i am unclear what he means but has concluded their work is done and the branches which overhang my house are still there
You need to write to the Chief Officer of the Council and make a formal complaint. That office will investigate what you have to say and come back to you.
If that does not work then complain to your Local Councillor. After all they are elected by you. The Councillor can lobby the Council on your behalf
If that does not work then you can try the Local Government Ombudsman. They offer a free, independent service and can examine your complaint. Their website is: www.lgo.org.uk
That should resolve the matter
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
I see. I must have missed where you asked for case law in your question
Can you take them to Court yes.
There is nothing stopping you.
Can the Judge order them to cut them back - yes.
Yes there is case history.
Does that clarify?
please let me a successful case reference as i think it is always an uphill struggle to win against local authorities
Davey v Harrow Corporation -  2 All ER 305
Does that help?
This case concerns actual damage to a property by tree roots so totally different from my question which concerns making the local authority prune back protected oaks with branches overhanging my house .Do you know about the 3meter rule from the building line and what it means .This is what was quoted at me and that overhanging branches were not included.
Yes that is party wall.
You are suing in negliegnce.
Claimants appearing on the Register of the Corby Group Litigation v Corby Borough Council -  All ER (D) 89 (May)
Paragraph 27 of that Judgment
Sorry what is party wall got to do with how far they were prepared to prune the trees from the building line. again i cant see any correlation between negligence caused by contanination and trying to get a local authority to cut some overhanging branches to my property.
After all this correspondece I am none the wiser if I have a case to succeed agaist the council in this simple matter.