‘Dangerous’ tree needs removing

South Kirkby resident Michael Wood fears for safety due to massive trees at the back of his house - branches have fallen off and Council won't chop them down.'h5479a125

South Kirkby resident Michael Wood fears for safety due to massive trees at the back of his house - branches have fallen off and Council won't chop them down.'h5479a125

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A SOUTH Kirkby man says he fears for the safety of children playing near a ‘dangerous’ willow tree, after the town council was slow to act on his complaints.

A 15ft branch is hanging from the ‘enormous’ 40 ft willow near Michael Wood’s Crawley Avenue home.

He said: “Children play under the trees all the time and if that were to hit one of them, there would be broken bones at the very least. It is scary to think what could happen. It is so dangerous.”

Mr Wood, who has lived there for 16 years, said he had reported it to Wakefield Council and South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council.

Mr Wood, 60, said: “I have complained about this at least six times and they said they would look into it but still nothing has been done.”

He first complained about it in October and said he had been persistent about getting the trees removed ever since.

He said: “I have worked in landscaping and if they were near an industrial site they would be classed as a health hazard.

“They need to be removed, or at least cut down considerably in size to prevent any accidents.”

Mr Wood’s neighbour Barry Dixon, 74, is also worried about the roots of the tree, which they believe have spread beneath their properties.

Mr Dixon said: “They have already cracked my garage floor so I am concerned that they will fracture the sewerage pipe if they are left any longer. They are dangerous and intrusive.”

Mr Dixon, who is partially blind, struggles to clean the leaves that fall off into the guttering during winter.

Mr Wood said the weight of the leaves had broken his conservatory guttering.

South Kirkby Parish Council clerk Chris Geeson said they have received complaints about the trees and admitted they had been slow in responding.

He said: “We have had our tree expert look at the trees and he will remove the hanging branch in the next three to four weeks. He will also tidy up any other overhanging branches.”

He added the council’s policy on trees was to preserve, not remove them.