Cutting down trees with BT phonelines in the way
Okay, I know the obvious answer here is to ask BT, and although I was about to, I figured that it might be a better idea to ask elsewhere first, just in case their answer came back not the way I'd hope, and instead my email just got sorted into a little file marked "If any of our lines get destroyed by a falling branch in X area of Edinburgh, here's the guy we sue".
Anyhow, issue is, at the back of my garden in between my neighbour's property and mine, there is a phone mast. This sends out four phonelines, of which one is mine, and three connect to my neighbours. Problem is, the mast was placed in a position which means these phonelines hang over my garden, and are all threaded through my trees. This causes two problems. First, is that during high winds, these lines become liable to break, as is why there's now only four lines rather than the five that were there this time last year. Second, is that these trees are now growing far too large, and they need to be cut back. I cannot do this without branches falling onto lines and breaking them.
Now, obviously I don't want to sever my neighbour's phonelines. I also don't want to cast shadow over my neighbour's gardens, and I have been getting complaints. I'm quite happy to cut branches off my own trees. So, what can I do with BT? Have they any responsibility towards my trees? If I do cut down branches and these break BT's phonelines, am I liable to pay for BT's repair costs? Anyone been in a similar position and have any idea of the best way forward with this?
Lots of rep for anyone that can help out.