Tree-related subsidence is at root of council's biggest payouts

For two years running the two highest compensation payments to the public by an urban local authority were due to subsidence caused by trees.

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In response to a request from a local media outlet, Reading Borough Council in Berkshire revealed that in last financial year it paid out damages for two subsidence compensation claims of £39,000 and £26,000.

The top two claims for 2013/14, again both relating to subsidence, were for £6,700 and £4,820.

The council also had to pay out £1,720 when a tree branch fell on a vehicle last year, while the year before it paid out more than £6,000 in total to compensate for trees falling on private property.

Other payments related to trips, slips and falls and to surface defects on council-maintained property. One individual even received £1,000 compensation for walking into post on council land.

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