Darcy Lever residents complain about trees blocking their light
12:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
BUNGALOWS have become dwarfed by giant trees, which neighbours say are making their lives a nightmare.
The homes in Crossen Street, Darcy Lever, which are occupied primarily by older people are opposite trees more than 30 feet tall.
This has meant some residents have had to keep their lights switched on all day atthe Bolton at Home properties..
Stephen Joyce, aged 64, has lived on Crossen Street for nearly three years.
He said: “It’s like living in a prison cell, it’s absolutely horrendous.
“It can be so dark and depressing — when I look outside, it’s like living under a giant mushroom.
I have to keep my lights on all the time. People on this street are so elderly, it’s not a good way to live.”
The trees have caused visibility issues for neighbour Elsie Moss, aged 97, who is partially sighted.
Ms Moss has lived on the street for 27 years. She said: “It’s awful, really —the trees are so tall, it makes my house very dark.
“They have been a problem for years, and the trees are growing all the time. We just want a bit of light and air.”
Bolton Council has said it will prune the trees back next year A council spokesman said: “The upper canopy of a sycamore tree presents a minimal overhang and doesn’t require pruning back to the boundary line of the property at this stage. Light levels will also naturally improve as the leaves fall. We’ve explained to our tenants that we do plan to prune next year, as part of an estate inspection. This will address further tree growth and help light levels as new leaves grow back.”
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