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Overgrown trees blighting lives of local residents
OVERGROWN trees blocking out natural light to scores of Durrington homes are blighting their lives, residents say.
A row of trees between homes in Coronation Road and Wiltshire Council’s Addison Square sheltered accommodation scheme have become so overgrown over the last few years that people living there say they need to keep their lights on all day.
“It’s disgusting,” said Brenda Stainer, who lives in Coronation Road.
“People have been getting depressed with the lack of natural light coming in.
The council is irresponsible.
“They say they can’t afford to come and sort it out but they keep wasting money on other things.”
“When you’re walking on the path there are bits falling on your head, it’s quite dangerous,” said Sylvia Welch, 79, of Addison Square.
“It’s the sticky stuff that comes off them as well; it’s horrible.”
Maria Lindsay, 49, who lives along Coronation Road, said she is worried the tree at the bottom of her garden has become so overgrown it could end up falling into her house.
“There’s no chance of cutting the tree ourselves, it’s not a job you can touch on your own.
“Our biggest fear is that if it comes down it would be in our living room,”
The lack of sunlight also means people are unable to grow anything in their gardens.
Angela Cox, 58, said: “We’ve got quite a bit of overhang and we can’t grow anything down that end; what we do plant seems to die off.”
Stan Sturgess, 60, said his greenhouses are now completely buried by the branches.
And Vera Yeates, 68, was so badly affected by the problem that asked to be moved to a different home in Addison Square.
“I asked to be moved because it was too dark,” she said.
“I have very bad depression so I moved to number 20.
“The trees also block out a streetlight along a pathway leading to the sheltered accommodation.”
Parish councillor David Goodman said local Wiltshire councillor Graham Wright has been working hard over the last two or three years to get the trees cut.
“When it was first mentioned it was a minor problem but now it is going to cost a lot of money and it has caused discomfort to people,” he said.
“If it was resolved in the first place it would have avoided all these issues.
“People have a right to cut down anything that overhangs in their garden but it is a massive job for anyone to do.
“A large number of people are having their lives blighted when the problem could have been resolved easily, years ago, for much less of a cost and disruption it’s going to cause now.”
Cllr Wright said: “I’m fully supportive of the residents, and Wiltshire Council needs to take action. It’s all about money. The council knows about the trees and don’t disagree that they shouldn’t be there.”
Wiltshire Council said it is aware of the problem and is investigating and working to resolve it.
A spokesman said a countryside officer is planning to go to the site this week or next to consider the best course of action. She added that some residents had been spoken to already and they will be updated when a plan is in place.
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