Tree Policies (FOI-2342)
Dear ***** *******
Thank you for your FOI request of 15th December. We apologise for the delay in issuing this response.
Please find below your questions and the Council"s response/
1. Copies of your tree policies within the period October 2007 and October 2017 or where to locate said policies if readily accessible in electronic format,
We do not currently have a policy. All street trees receive an annual formal inspection in the summer of each year (the scope of which is to identify trees which are obviously dead or severely declining), and 3-yearly detailed tree inspections.
2. A copy of your tree maintenance works carried out to the Hazel tree under your ownership and control, located to the front of the above Property (T2 on the attached site plan),between October 2007 and October 2017,pertaining to but not restricted to recommended works,
Extent of works completed and inspections;
A tree report is attached. The earliest inspection date recorded on our current tree database is 18/9/2014. The Google Streetview archive for this location shows that the tree also received young tree maintenance works between August 2008 and April 2012, which are not recorded on the current LBH tree database.
3. A copy of your risk analysis in respect of T2, between October 2007 and October 2017, to include any maintenance regimes, if any, also carried out within this period;
As per point 2 above.
4. Details of the information retained by and or accessible to you in respect of the soil types in:
4.1 The Rushmore Road area
We do not hold information on soil types for the borough.
5. The number of tree related subsidence claims that have been brought against you within the E5 0 postcode area and Rushmore Road between October 2007 and October 2017. For each claim please confirm:
5.1 Location of the tree (by house number)
5.2 Species of the implicated tree
5.3 The date of the claim
Below is a chart detailing the subsidence claims made in each calendar year between 01/10/2007 and 31/10/2017 in the E5 0 postcode area.
Calendar YearCount of Claims2017-2016-201512014220131201232011120102200912008-20071
Beyond this the information could be used to identify other claimants and as such I must rely on the below exemption.
For question 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 the Council has considered your requested under S40(2) Personal Information of the FOI Act 2000. This is because the information you have requested is the personal data of a 3rd Party. Under the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), personal data includes any information that can identify, or, together with other information, can identify a ‘living individual’.
The Council has to consider whether disclosure of the information would comply with any of the data protection principles set out in the DPA, as well as whether disclosure would contravene Article 21 of the GDPR (general processing: right to object to processing). In this case the Council is unsatisfied that disclosure would be fair and lawful.
As such the Council considers S40(2) Personal Information of the FoI Act 2000 to be engaged.
If you are dissatisfied with this response and wish to appeal, please respond to this email to request an Internal Review.
If you are still not satisfied following the Internal Review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner.
Information Commissioner"s Office
0303 123 1113
London Borough of Hackney