Plea to tame school trees

Coun Ralph Snape with some residents on Rookwood Close
Coun Ralph Snape with some residents on Rookwood Close
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Residents in a Chorley street are outraged by overhanging trees dwarfing their houses from a high school grounds.

Local residents on Rookwood Drive have been campaigning for years for the trees from St Michael’s High School on neighbouring Astley Road.

Coun Ralph Snape, who represents the area, has been calling for talks with the school to discuss chopping back of the trees.

However, so far he has been unsuccessful in meeting with school bosses.

He said: “All we are asking is that a conversation and get together to see what can be done.

“The people on this street have lived with the problem for long enough.

“I am on the board of governors at another school in Chorley and I have always been of the impression that your neighbours can be an asset to the school ie if there is a fire or incidents.

“We should be working together but we have tried to meet officials from the school for the past couple of weeks but nothing has happened.

“Apparently some people from the school told the residents there are no problems with the trees being too high.

“However, they have not been over to this side of the fence and seen how the land slopes down.

“The only reason I got involved was to try to represent the views of residents and get them reduce the height of the trees by a third.”

One of the residents John Turner said: “They are meant to be a church school but they are not concerned about their neighbours and some might say that it is un-Christian-like.

“I even offered a few years to pay half of the costs for the trees to be chopped down but they would not do it.”

Another resident, Mary Newhouse, said: “They should be coming round to our houses to sweep the gutters like we do every year.

“There is a tremendous fall of leaves and seeds landing in our gardens.

“We have had to put up with for too long.”

Harvey Adamson, added: “We are also a bit worried that one of the trees may be diseased and if that comes down it will go into one of the houses.

“The fact that they have not come to discuss it, is really disappointing.”

The Guardian attempted to contact St Michael’s.

However, headteacher Julie Heaton was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.