Trees ‘need to be cut down’

Residents of Friary Close, are unhappy with the trees, that are growing over their gardens, from the Abbey School.'Pictured are Janet Rudd, Stephen Frankland & Lyn Davies
Residents of Friary Close, are unhappy with the trees, that are growing over their gardens, from the Abbey School.'Pictured are Janet Rudd, Stephen Frankland & Lyn Davies
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NEIGHBOURS fear that giant sycamore trees hanging over their gardens could cause a serious accident unless something is done.

The 75-foot trees are in the fields of Abbey Junior School, on Vicar Lane in Daventry.

They hang over the back garden of two houses on Friary Close and residents have spent years trying to get them cut down.

Lyn Davies, who lives in one of the properties, said: “The trees are just a big umbrella which are causing us lots of problems.

“We are worried about them falling into the houses if there is a big wind. They would cause a lot of damage if that did happen.

“I moved here 15-months ago and had lots of problems with them last summer, but this has been going on for years and nothing has ever been done.

“We were told early last year by the school and Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) that something would be done but nothing ever is.

“Now it’s going to be the same this year when they begin to bloom.

“As well as the danger the other main issues are there is never any sun light and the garden gets covered in sap which ruins the patio and garden furniture. This also means we can’t hang our clothes out to dry.

“As well as that the gutters are always full of leaves and it’s just horrible.”

Stephen Frankland, who represents residents in Friary Close, has been campaigning for the trees to be cut down for around 13 years.

He said: “This has always been a problem and we have made several attempts to remedy the problem.

“These residents can’t do any gardening and their grass doesn’t grow. The neighbours have to keep their lights on all the time because of the darkness the trees cause and we are worried about them blowing over.”

The Daventry Express contacted NCC who said this is a matter for the school to deal with.

We were unable to speak to anyone at the school because of the Easter holidays.