80ft trees are costing us extra

PHOTO: NEIL CROSS'Patricia Cloy, Steve Murfitt and Michelle Jordan having problems with overgrown trees in Clayton-le-Woods

PHOTO: NEIL CROSS'Patricia Cloy, Steve Murfitt and Michelle Jordan having problems with overgrown trees in Clayton-le-Woods

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Residents in Clayton-le-Woods are fed up of trees overshadowing their neighbourhood.

Locals on the Daisy Meadow estate have been campaigning to get the 80ft trees axed as they are spending extra money on electricity to light up their houses because it is so dark,

More than 150 people have signed a petition and the topic is set to be discussed at this week’s Chorley Council meeting.

Initial works have started to cut back trees but there are still some that remain untouched by landowners Places for People.

Coun Steve Murfitt, who represents the area, said: “We are still waiting for the whole problem to be fixed.

“The problem has been left to grow out of control and there are 20 of them that are in excess of 80ft tall and it is having an impact on the people.

“What we need is to have a planned tree maintenance across the Clayton-le-Woods ward as there are patches of work done by Lancashire County Council, some by Chorley Council and then the focus on this one is Places for People on land along the A6.

“There is a lot of pressure on those individual parties and why can’t we all collectively get a pot of money together and regularly pay for the upkeep of the areas instead of people having to wait for one group to do it.

“In this case of Places for People, those people responsible should be doing the work as part of the service charge the local tenants have to pay but it is not happening.”

Jamie Carson, Chorley Council’s Director for People and Places, said: “The council has completed all the work on the trees it owns. We’ll be pressing for any outstanding work to be done as quickly as possible.”

Places for People said: “We always try to assist where we can and maintenance work to the trees has now been ordered and will be carried out in the next couple of weeks.”