Overgrown trees cast shadow on summer

Neighbours Joanne Leeson and Brian Lawton complaining about the trees at the back of their flats. They are growing on to the roof as well as blocking out all the light
Neighbours Joanne Leeson and Brian Lawton complaining about the trees at the back of their flats. They are growing on to the roof as well as blocking out all the light
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A Hemsworth man is at the end of his tether because of problem trees invading his home.

Brian Lawton, of Chestnut Grove, said a number of badly overgrown trees fall onto his roof and block the light out of his windows.

Three are owned trees are owned by Wakefield District Housing and the rest by a private landowner.

Mr Lawton, 48, has been complaining to WDH and the landowner for months - but said nothing has been done about the problem.

He said: “Some of my neighbours have complained about it as well. Nothing is being done. I get no light in my house throughout the summer - the only relief is when the leaves fall off.

“I have to have the lights on even during the day. The trees are resting on my roof and the branches cover my bottom window.

“It is absolutely ridiculous. They are only about a foot away from my house. It is disgusting. I’ve spoken to the council about it and they said no work is due to be carried out on the trees. It needs sorting out.”

Joanne Smith, WDH area manager, said: “We have arranged for overhanging branches from our trees to be cut back as soon as possible. However, the trees blocking light to tenants’ homes belong to a private landowner, who is responsible for their maintenance.”

The Express was unable to contact the private landowner.