Birmingham City Council-Owned Trees and Subsidence Claims - the Application of the Joint Mitigation Protocol

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Mark Clifford Durham Ashdown

Dear Birmingham City Council,

The Bristol Tree Forum supports the Joint Mitigation Protocol (JMP) (ltoa.org.uk/resources/joint-mitigation-protocol) for addressing subsidence claims alleged to be caused by trees. It provides a standardised way for local authorities and insurers to resolve such claims.

Bristol City Council has recently signed up to the JMP and we are keen to see the JMP used in the most effective way in our area. We would like therefore to gather some data and insights from yourselves as you have applied the JMP for some years. We have the following requests for information.

1. Please provide copies of any guidance or advice provided to council arboriculture officers about how to handle subsidence claims alleged to be caused by council-owned trees. Such guidance to include advice on handling communications with insurance companies and householders to ensure compliance with the JMP, and guidance on the provision of the technical evidence to those who may wish to see the trees retained.

2. For the most recent 12 month period for which you have data how many subsidence claims alleged to be caused by council-owned trees have been made?

3. For the most recent 12 month period for which you have data how many JMP Submission of Evidence forms - Appendix A have been completed?

4. For the most recent 12 month period for which you have data how many alleged subsidence claims have been dealt with without applying JMP?

5. For the most recent 12 month period for which you have data how many subsidence claims have been rejected and how many have been accepted?

Yours faithfully,

Mark CD Ashdown
For Bristol Tree Forum

Birmingham City Council

 
 
 
 
Information request
Our reference: 17099223
Your reference: [FOI #685678 email]

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Mark Clifford Durham Ashdown

Dear Birmingham City Council,

I realise that recent events have no doubt delayed your response to my recent request, but could you give me an idea when I might expect to hear from you, please?

Yours faithfully,

Mark CD Ashdown

Birmingham City Council

Dear Mr Ashdown
 
I am sorry that we have not met the statutory deadline to complete your
FOI request. We always endeavour to comply with statutory timescales, but
it is not always possible.
 
Whilst we are not able to guarantee when the final response will be
provided, I can confirm that the information has been collated and the
response is going through the final approval process for disclosure. 
 
Regards
Information Government Team
Neighbourhoods Directorate
Birmingham City Council

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

I realise that recent events have no doubt delayed your response to my
recent request, but could you give me an idea when I might expect to hear
from you, please?

Yours faithfully,

Mark CD Ashdown

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Mark Clifford Durham Ashdown

Dear Birmingham City Council,

An answer to my request is long overdue. I have been very patient, but pleas can you say when I can expect to hear from you, please.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Clifford Durham Ashdown

Birmingham City Council

Dear Mr Ashdown
 
Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your Freedom of
Information request. I have asked the service area to approve the response
for disclosure as a matter of urgency. This will be sent to you as soon as
we receive the approval.
 
Regards
Information Governance Team
Neighbourhoods Directorate
Birmingham City Council

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Dear Birmingham City Council,

An answer to my request is long overdue. I have been very patient, but
pleas can you say when I can expect to hear from you, please.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Clifford Durham Ashdown

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Mark Clifford Durham Ashdown

Dear Birmingham City Council,

Thanks for the update.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Clifford Durham Ashdown