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Overgrown trees are a health issue
3:55pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Postbag
THE problem of overgrown trees in Durrington (Journal, August 29) is widespread.
I live in Avondown Road, where in 1989, sycamore trees (the weed of the tree world) were planted on a green alongside my house.
Firstly, they were planted too close to the house and getting buildings insurance is a trouble.
Every year when they shed their leaves my guttering/drains become blocked.
I have taken this up with Wiltshire counc-illors, but their response is not good; the residents complaining can look forward to the usual claptrap, and nothing will be done.
Council policy appears to be, action is only taken if the trees are dangerous or if damage has already occurred. Preventive measures are not an option, and sooner or later, given adverse weather conditions my house could be at risk.
All over Durrington there is evidence of zero maintenance of trees - branches low over footpaths, trees allowed to grow to enormous height - eventually these will snap, and apart from damage to property could cause injury or loss of life.
The mission statement of the council that ‘everyone matters’ needs amending.
RHC DEVERALL, Durrington
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