Sutton on Sea man’s overhanging tree problem becoming ‘intolerable’

Brian Gowling at his Sutton on Sea property shows the trees which he says are blighting his beloved garden.
Brian Gowling at his Sutton on Sea property shows the trees which he says are blighting his beloved garden.

SUTTON resident Brian Gowland is urging the East Lindsey District Council to take action over the trees he says are ‘intolerable’ and are darkening his back garden.

Mr Gowland’s Surfside property backs on to the council-managed Furlongs Road playing field. He says giant trees the other side of the fence are overhanging his garden by up to nine feet and has been told he must fell the trees himself.

The 73-year-old says he feels ignored and is at the end of his tether with the problem.

“The council has told me I can cut them down myself and throw the branches and leaves back over the fence,” he said. “But I just can’t do that.

“I’d have to pay for someone to come and cut the trees back and I don’t see why I should.

“A man from the district council did come round to take a look, but he told me there was no budget for this.”

He added: “The trees are about 20 feet tall and overhang into my garden by up to nine feet.”

“The branches go all over the top of my shed and are blocking out most of the light this side of the house. It’s intolerable.”

ELDC’s website states: “The tree stock is managed to ensure that all individual or groups of trees are kept in a safe condition, are suitable for the location and offer as little nuisance as possible to neighbours or users of the area in which they are located.”

The Leader put Mr Gowland’s problem to the ELDC and spokesman James Gilbert said: “The council is responsible for thousands of trees across East Lindsey and we wouldn’t carry out work unless there is a safety concern.

“Mr Gowland was advised that he would be within his rights to carry out (or employ a contractor to carry out) work to branches that overhang his property boundary.

“If Mr Gowland would like to contact us we’ll be happy to discuss the issues he has raised.”

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