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Woman fears tree could crush her house
Buy this photo » Yvonne Chequer, who is worried about the tree which she feels could crash on to her house
A WOMAN is terrified that unless action is taken, a leaning tree will crush her Cheney Manor home.
The tree, which is located outside Yvonne Chequer’s house in Devon Road, is leaning precariously towards her property.
Yvonne is concerned that as the winter approaches, unless something is done the tree, which is as tall as her two-storey home, it is at risk of falling on her house and car.
The 58-year-old first contacted Swindon Council about the problem in April, but claims that despite closing the case several times nobody has been out to examine the tree.
She said: “This tree is leaning towards my house and if it comes down it’s the end of the front of my house and my husband’s car.
“It’s huge, absolutely huge.
“I have been phoning the council since April about the tree but they keep closing the case.
“There was a tree surgeon in the area and he kindly came round to look at the tree. He said that it was very dangerous and that the tree was diseased. But nobody from the council has been out to look at it.”
Yvonne’s fears come soon after a similar tree had to be removed from Devon Road after it was discovered to be diseased.
A Swindon Council spokesman said experts had been out to examine the tree, but found it to be completely healthy and not posing a danger to the property.
Yvonne said: “I’m worried with the winter coming and the winds picking up it will just come down.
“But I’m getting nothing from the council and they keep telling me they have closed the case.
“Normally trees lose their leaves in the autumn but this tree has been losing them all through the summer.
“My neighbour and I have collected seven sacks of leaves all through the summer from this tree. That tree is diseased.
“There is something really funny going on here. If someone had been out they would have told me but they just said that the case had been closed.”
A Swindon Council spokesman said: “Our tree officer has inspected the tree outside Mrs Chequer’s home and it is a perfectly healthy ornamental tree.
“The branches of these particular trees do overhang and they are pruned on a five-year cycle in line with insurance guidelines. The trees in question are due to be pruned next summer.
“A laburnum tree in Devon Road did have to be removed recently because it was suffering from brown rot, which is often not detectable from the outside. However, the tree outside Mrs Chequer’s house is too healthy to be suffering from this disease.”
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