Residents up in arms over huge lime tree

Street trees, angry residents on Shaw Street West want action on their complaints about the untrimmed trees outside their homes
Street trees, angry residents on Shaw Street West want action on their complaints about the untrimmed trees outside their homes

Residents living on a Ilkeston street want action taken over a huge lime tree that they say is making their lives a misery.

People living on Shaw Street West have started a petition urging Derbyshire County Council to pollard the tree ,which stands at 45 feet tall.

Beverley Daykin, whose house is closest to the tree, said it prevents any natural light and heat coming into her home and the roots have lifted the pavement outside.

She said: “Our life is an absolute misery because of the tree – we have to pay more electricity, clean the car at least twice a week, have our gutters cleared and windows cleaned more often than normal.”

In a letter to the county council, which owns the land, Mrs Daykin called the tree a ‘monstrosity’ and said she is living in darkness.

A council spokesman said: “We examined the trees after concerns were raised and are satisfied that they pose no risk to safety.

“The trees were due to be pruned in the next financial year by Erewash Borough Council, which carries out maintenance on our behalf, but work has now been moved forward a year.

“The maintenance work will be carried out in accordance with national guidelines which recommend up to 30 per cent of branch length can be trimmed.”