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Tree Inspection & Maintenance of Highway Trees. Al Smith Corporate Services Manager L.B.Camden. Responsibility & Legislation. Duty of Care Highways Act 1980

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Tree inspection maintenance of highway trees

Tree Inspection & Maintenance of Highway Trees

Al SmithCorporate Services ManagerL.B.Camden


Responsibility legislation
Responsibility & Legislation

  • Duty of Care

  • Highways Act 1980

    General responsibility to maintain the highway in a safe condition Section 154 – Issue a ‘notice’ to cut back vegetation overhanging the highway &

    Remove part or all of a tree that is likely to cause danger by falling onto the highway


An audit trail for inspection maintenance monitoring
An Audit Trail For Inspection, Maintenance & Monitoring

  • Hard copy records

  • Basic IT packages- Excel spreadsheets or an Access database

  • Computerised Tree Management systems:

    – Confirm Arboriculture

    – Ezytreev

    – ArborTrack


A management system for inspection maintenance monitoring
A Management System For Inspection, Maintenance & Monitoring

  • Determine cycle of inspection:

    - Annual, Biennial, three to five years

  • Determine cycle of Maintenance:- Annual, Biennial, three to five years

  • A defendable system


Appropriate qualifications experience for officers contractors
Appropriate Qualifications/Experience for Officers & Contractors

  • Highway officers – ‘LANTRA’ one day Tree Inspection course (attendees receive certificate of attendance)

  • Tree officers – National Certificate in Arboricultureto Degree level

  • Monitor the Council’s tree contractor/s -qualification/experience


Private trees in falling distance of the highway
Private Trees in Falling Distance of the Highway Contractors

  • Section 154, Highways Act:Inspection of private trees that are within falling distance of the highway – systematic and auditable system


Monitoring system
Monitoring System Contractors

  • Ensure a monitoring system is in place for signing off work once completed.


Resources
Resources Contractors

Sufficient resources in place for a responsible and defendable system:- Adequate number of officers- Auditable management system- Adequate budget for tree Maintenance- Suitable monitoring system


Relevant organisations for information
Relevant Organisations for Information Contractors

  • The Council’s Tree officer

  • Arboricultural Association:01794 368 717

  • Arboricultural Advisory Information Service:09065 161 147

  • London Tree Officer’s Association (LTOA):0777 1976 238


The end
The End Contractors


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