Pictured is our Kanga stump grinder, it has Honda a 690cc V-Twin engine direct drive and can fit through 1m gates. It has a seperate engine to drive the cutter wheel so it's pretty efficient at removing stumps. This one has been modified to deliver approx 30% more power than the standard ones from Kanga.
Stump grinding debris is raked back over the hole, it's a mixture of sawdust and soil and can be used as mulch. We dont take this away with us unless specified prior.
The fig tree was cut down leaving a stump to be removed. Whilst services like Dial Before You Dig and council records are available they dont in all instances show exactly where those service are and at times show nothing at all. If you are totally unsure then you'll need to contract a pipe location organisation etc who can test to locate the services as well as the approximate depth. Often as houses age and maintenance takes place service are replaced and moved no longer where they were say 30 years ago.