Out-of-control tree causes headache for resident
1:00pm Sunday 6th October 2013 in NW
A TENANT in Leigh is battling to save his rented property from a wayward tree.
Stephen Marsh, of Mill Lane, fears the tree in the garden of a neighbouring property could be dangerous due to its size and overhanging branches.
Despite attempts by Stephen and his landlord’s son Yasser Ahmed to contact the private landlord of the neighbouring property in Ward Place via Local Lettings, a Hindley-based estate agents, so far nothing has been done.
Mr Marsh said: “With the weather getting worse again, I am concerned the tree could damage mine or a neighbouring property if a branch fell off.
“Its roots are pulling up all the concrete and fence posts around it and it has become an eyesore. My landlord’s son has written several letters to the letting agency.”
Mr Ahmed said: “The tree is causing damage to my father’s property but despite having raised the issue with the agency nearly two years ago, it has been evasive in responding. We have informed Wigan Council but because it is a civil dispute it has no authority to help us.”
They have been told that forcing the removal of the tree will involve hiring legal representation at their own cost.
Mr Marsh added: “I have tried everything, I’ve provided them with all the information but they are just not interested. Even the person who lives there wants the tree to be removed.”
A Local Lettings spokesman said: “He [the landlord] is willing to chop the tree down but he can’t because there is a tree preservation order in the area and he doesn’t want to get into trouble with the council.”
A Wigan Council spokesman told the Journal there are currently no tree preservation orders for the address.
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