Breightmet trees 'are making our lives a misery', claim residents

Margaret Clemance, left, and Joyce York in Margaret’s back garden

Margaret Clemance, left, and Joyce York in Margaret’s back garden

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HUGE overhanging trees are making Breightmet residents' lives a misery, they say.

Margaret Clemance and her husband William say the sycamore trees — at least three times the size of their bungalow in Deepdale Road — mean their garden is infested with squirrels and fencing has been damaged.

They say they have to turn the lights in the kitchen on during the day because the sun is blocked by the trees, while workmen had to change the position of a satellite dish to try and get TV reception.

Mrs Clemance, aged 54, said they and next-door neighbour Joyce York are at their wits’ end.

She added: “There are nuts dropping all down the back garden, and we get squirrels all over the place.

“I can’t plant anything in the back garden because they’re ruining the ground.

“We’ve been fobbed off from one person to another, with people promising ‘yes we’ll get someone up’ but they don’t sort it.”

The couple live in a Bolton At Home property, but the trees are on a neighbouring private property.

Mrs Clemance said they had tried to communicate to the occupier on numerous occasions but to no avail. A Bolton At Home spokesman said they would co-ordinate with Bolton Council and ask someone to visit the property to assess the trees and what they could do.

A spokesman for the association added: “As we understand it, these particular trees aren’t on Bolton at Home property.

“However, now that we have been made aware of a potential problem, we are arranging to inspect the trees and advise Mrs Joyce of any action required.

“Any action taken would depend on the tree species, any potential damage to property, or if the trees present a safety risk, for example if they are damaged or falling down.”

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9:59am Sat 26 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

Trees seem to be worth more than the comfort and lives of residents, your best bet is set fire to it.......

The council policy on trees is a mess, so many grow out of control, a friend has had to leave his driveway void of cars because tree sap is ruining his cars, and the roots have mad a right mess of the pavement.
Trees seem to be worth more than the comfort and lives of residents, your best bet is set fire to it....... The council policy on trees is a mess, so many grow out of control, a friend has had to leave his driveway void of cars because tree sap is ruining his cars, and the roots have mad a right mess of the pavement. JustBecause
  • Score: 0

10:03am Sat 26 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

Also if its not a protected tree or has a preservation order on it, stuff that overhangs your garden can be legally cut off, just make sure the stuff you cut off goes back over to your neighbour.
Also if its not a protected tree or has a preservation order on it, stuff that overhangs your garden can be legally cut off, just make sure the stuff you cut off goes back over to your neighbour. JustBecause
  • Score: 16

10:59am Sat 26 Jul 14

Barbara44 says...

I'm also having a problem due to tree,s I live in an upstairs flat with two huge tree's outside in summer I have to put my lights on to see in my kitchen as they block out all my light two years ago they had to cut the branches back as they were touching my windows. why do the council not think first before they go round planting large trees so close to property.
I'm also having a problem due to tree,s I live in an upstairs flat with two huge tree's outside in summer I have to put my lights on to see in my kitchen as they block out all my light two years ago they had to cut the branches back as they were touching my windows. why do the council not think first before they go round planting large trees so close to property. Barbara44
  • Score: 5

11:35am Sat 26 Jul 14

Gman13 says...

Infested with squirrels!?!?!? The worlds gone mad.
Infested with squirrels!?!?!? The worlds gone mad. Gman13
  • Score: 23

11:36am Sat 26 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Christ, we've become soft as a nation.

Squirrels.....?

Seriously......?

How would these feckless women cope if they lived in Australia, which is full of poisonous snakes and spiders or Canada, where 7ft tall bears roam free...?

Get a grip, ladies.
Christ, we've become soft as a nation. Squirrels.....? Seriously......? How would these feckless women cope if they lived in Australia, which is full of poisonous snakes and spiders or Canada, where 7ft tall bears roam free...? Get a grip, ladies. OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 33

11:37am Sat 26 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Gman13 wrote:
Infested with squirrels!?!?!? The worlds gone mad.
Snap !
[quote][p][bold]Gman13[/bold] wrote: Infested with squirrels!?!?!? The worlds gone mad.[/p][/quote]Snap ! OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 21

11:59am Sat 26 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Brass Nails...

Copper Nails... I believe are more effective.
Brass Nails... Copper Nails... I believe are more effective. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 7

12:03pm Sat 26 Jul 14

jus' visitin says...

Jeez if a few trees overhanging my garden were the only worries I had I'd be delighted.
Jeez if a few trees overhanging my garden were the only worries I had I'd be delighted. jus' visitin
  • Score: 23

12:59pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Delyth says...

When will people learn, chop down all the trees and the result will be more flooding and more air pollution. Besides chop down these particular trees and these two ladies will be complaining of a lack of privacy.
When will people learn, chop down all the trees and the result will be more flooding and more air pollution. Besides chop down these particular trees and these two ladies will be complaining of a lack of privacy. Delyth
  • Score: 14

1:02pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Delyth says...

Also, my neighbours built an extension. I have to have lights on during the day. I'd rather look at trees!
Also, my neighbours built an extension. I have to have lights on during the day. I'd rather look at trees! Delyth
  • Score: 12

3:42pm Sat 26 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

A couple of scarecrows would do the trick,oops I see from the photo they already have them.The squirrels must be nuts to hang around there.
A couple of scarecrows would do the trick,oops I see from the photo they already have them.The squirrels must be nuts to hang around there. boltonnut
  • Score: 12

3:51pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Arnold Corns says...

Moan moan moan
Moan moan moan Arnold Corns
  • Score: 7

3:56pm Sat 26 Jul 14

sueie1 says...

I personally would love to have squirrels in my garden
I personally would love to have squirrels in my garden sueie1
  • Score: 9

4:42pm Sat 26 Jul 14

stantheman133 says...

Get some poison that will kill trees drill the trunk and pour the substance in, after a while you will see the tre slowly die, then the council will remove the trees without an argument.
Get some poison that will kill trees drill the trunk and pour the substance in, after a while you will see the tre slowly die, then the council will remove the trees without an argument. stantheman133
  • Score: -7

4:43pm Sat 26 Jul 14

EmShambles says...

Squirrels can cause tons of damage to your home.From mild property damage such as making an entrance hole to fires. The are not so cute when they start ripping up your shizzle. I suggest the couple invest in squirrel costumes. They will stay away from them I then. If you do catch one of them please do so in a squirrel cage (I used a peanut butter sandwich as bate and nearly caught my husband) Tell the furry little t### that Emma hasn't forgotten what it's family did to her expensive Christmas decorations and she won't forgive.Drive them at least 5 miles away from your home (leave them in an enemies garden perhaps.I chose to leave my angry travel companion in a park) It's a fact they can't be arsed walking 5 miles back.
Squirrels can cause tons of damage to your home.From mild property damage such as making an entrance hole to fires. The are not so cute when they start ripping up your shizzle. I suggest the couple invest in squirrel costumes. They will stay away from them I then. If you do catch one of them please do so in a squirrel cage (I used a peanut butter sandwich as bate and nearly caught my husband) Tell the furry little t### that Emma hasn't forgotten what it's family did to her expensive Christmas decorations and she won't forgive.Drive them at least 5 miles away from your home (leave them in an enemies garden perhaps.I chose to leave my angry travel companion in a park) It's a fact they can't be arsed walking 5 miles back. EmShambles
  • Score: 8

5:10pm Sat 26 Jul 14

atlas123 says...

JustBecause wrote:
Also if its not a protected tree or has a preservation order on it, stuff that overhangs your garden can be legally cut off, just make sure the stuff you cut off goes back over to your neighbour.
What he said....

Old folk love complaining about trees...

They spend all summer complaining about the darkness, all autumn complaining about falling/fallen leaves and then all winter complaining it's boo bright and not enough pivacey.


If thats all you have to complain about life cant be bad.
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Also if its not a protected tree or has a preservation order on it, stuff that overhangs your garden can be legally cut off, just make sure the stuff you cut off goes back over to your neighbour.[/p][/quote]What he said.... Old folk love complaining about trees... They spend all summer complaining about the darkness, all autumn complaining about falling/fallen leaves and then all winter complaining it's boo bright and not enough pivacey. If thats all you have to complain about life cant be bad. atlas123
  • Score: 15

5:20pm Sat 26 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

stantheman133 wrote:
Get some poison that will kill trees drill the trunk and pour the substance in, after a while you will see the tre slowly die, then the council will remove the trees without an argument.
If you did this to any trees in my garden, I'd come round and smash your teeth in.

****.
[quote][p][bold]stantheman133[/bold] wrote: Get some poison that will kill trees drill the trunk and pour the substance in, after a while you will see the tre slowly die, then the council will remove the trees without an argument.[/p][/quote]If you did this to any trees in my garden, I'd come round and smash your teeth in. ****. OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 8

6:34pm Sat 26 Jul 14

biglad44 says...

Let's chop down all the trees dig up all the grass shoot all wildlife and live in a concrete jungle. NO!! If they don't like the trees swop houses with someone from a highrise.
Let's chop down all the trees dig up all the grass shoot all wildlife and live in a concrete jungle. NO!! If they don't like the trees swop houses with someone from a highrise. biglad44
  • Score: 13

11:05pm Sat 26 Jul 14

tinypet says...

Gman13 wrote:
Infested with squirrels!?!?!? The worlds gone mad.
i have to say that did make me p iss, id be out feeding them lol
[quote][p][bold]Gman13[/bold] wrote: Infested with squirrels!?!?!? The worlds gone mad.[/p][/quote]i have to say that did make me p iss, id be out feeding them lol tinypet
  • Score: 4

8:50am Sun 27 Jul 14

Janch1 says...

Barbara44 wrote:
I'm also having a problem due to tree,s I live in an upstairs flat with two huge tree's outside in summer I have to put my lights on to see in my kitchen as they block out all my light two years ago they had to cut the branches back as they were touching my windows. why do the council not think first before they go round planting large trees so close to property.
I think you might find that the trees have been around for years...do you not think that is why the trees are so big in the first place?
[quote][p][bold]Barbara44[/bold] wrote: I'm also having a problem due to tree,s I live in an upstairs flat with two huge tree's outside in summer I have to put my lights on to see in my kitchen as they block out all my light two years ago they had to cut the branches back as they were touching my windows. why do the council not think first before they go round planting large trees so close to property.[/p][/quote]I think you might find that the trees have been around for years...do you not think that is why the trees are so big in the first place? Janch1
  • Score: 4

8:51am Sun 27 Jul 14

Janch1 says...

boltonnut wrote:
A couple of scarecrows would do the trick,oops I see from the photo they already have them.The squirrels must be nuts to hang around there.
Ha ha..Love it!!!
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: A couple of scarecrows would do the trick,oops I see from the photo they already have them.The squirrels must be nuts to hang around there.[/p][/quote]Ha ha..Love it!!! Janch1
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Mon 28 Jul 14

pstuart says...

When are the people in Bolton going to stop moaning?
Nothing is going to change for the better, its only going to get worse.

These ladies who want to improve their environment will get the usual runaround from the Council and get vilified on forums like this by the rubbish that's left residing in our fair (?) city.

The smart money is on moving out, but for alot of people that is impossible.

Just grin and bear it, don't ask the council for any 'favours' and certainly don't use any social media where the keyboard warriors can have a go.
When are the people in Bolton going to stop moaning? Nothing is going to change for the better, its only going to get worse. These ladies who want to improve their environment will get the usual runaround from the Council and get vilified on forums like this by the rubbish that's left residing in our fair (?) city. The smart money is on moving out, but for alot of people that is impossible. Just grin and bear it, don't ask the council for any 'favours' and certainly don't use any social media where the keyboard warriors can have a go. pstuart
  • Score: -1

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