Darlington pensioner expresses concern about overgrown trees

The Advertiser Series: TREE PROBLEM: Residents of Alfred Street in Darlington who are worried about the size of the trees around their houses. From left Cllr Anne-Marie Curry, Maria Burns and Glynis Thompson Picture: ANDY LAMB TREE PROBLEM: Residents of Alfred Street in Darlington who are worried about the size of the trees around their houses. From left Cllr Anne-Marie Curry, Maria Burns and Glynis Thompson Picture: ANDY LAMB

A PENSIONER has expressed concerns about overhanging trees near her Darlington flat, describing them as an open invitation to thieves and thugs.

Mother-of-seven Maria Burns wants the trees next to her flat in Alfred Street to be trimmed, saying they are blocking light.

The 66-year-old said some residents have to use a torch to see where they are going.

Mrs Burns is also concerned that the overhanging trees could act as a cover for people up to no good.

Darlington Borough Council has promised to trim the branches back by the end of September.

Mrs Burns said: "I have been on at the council for ages, but had no luck.

"One of the trees is growing right over my property and I am worried it is just inviting people looking to break the law."

Mrs Burns has enlisted the help of North Road ward councillor Anne-Marie Curry.

Cllr Curry said: "The residents are concerned that the trees are getting a bit dangerous.

"People need to report problems like this to the council when they crop up."

A council spokeswoman said the authority has a team of arboriculturists responsible for managing trees and hedges.

She said the work in Alfred Street would be carried out in the coming weeks, but work already booked would have to take priority.

She added: "We are aware of the problems at this lady's property and the work will be carried out by the end of September.

"But there is other work already planned and we have to deal with the dangerous trees first."

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8:42am Sun 31 Aug 14

robbiejay says...

What a story. Trees that need cutting back are due to be cut back.
What a story. Trees that need cutting back are due to be cut back. robbiejay
  • Score: 17

11:07am Sun 31 Aug 14

Rover13 says...

It's more important to build new offices nobody wants , rather than keep the town looking desirable.
It's more important to build new offices nobody wants , rather than keep the town looking desirable. Rover13
  • Score: 5

3:29pm Sun 31 Aug 14

think twice says...

Trees don't become dangerous overnight, so why have they been allowed to become and remain a danger to date?
Trees don't become dangerous overnight, so why have they been allowed to become and remain a danger to date? think twice
  • Score: 2

6:01pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Petejones123 says...

Trees need cutting back. Well done northern echo. A high in journalism . What about real news. Your local Michelin starred restaurant breaks into the top 50 in the uk. The first time ever a restaurant from the north east has EVER done that. Not even a tiny article about that.
Trees need cutting back. Well done northern echo. A high in journalism . What about real news. Your local Michelin starred restaurant breaks into the top 50 in the uk. The first time ever a restaurant from the north east has EVER done that. Not even a tiny article about that. Petejones123
  • Score: 7

8:03pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Acer man says...

Perhaps the cut backs meant the council didn't have enough money to do the cut backs???
Perhaps the cut backs meant the council didn't have enough money to do the cut backs??? Acer man
  • Score: 7

12:06pm Mon 1 Sep 14

studio says...

HOLD THE BACK PAGE.

Tree Grows.

Amazing.
HOLD THE BACK PAGE. Tree Grows. Amazing. studio
  • Score: 1

12:33pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Michael707 says...

This problem is all around the town. We have issues with over grown trees at High Green, Darlington. The cut backs are to blame. The council are providing a poor service in this respect.
This problem is all around the town. We have issues with over grown trees at High Green, Darlington. The cut backs are to blame. The council are providing a poor service in this respect. Michael707
  • Score: -1

12:40pm Mon 1 Sep 14

chansm79 says...

Petejones123 wrote:
Trees need cutting back. Well done northern echo. A high in journalism . What about real news. Your local Michelin starred restaurant breaks into the top 50 in the uk. The first time ever a restaurant from the north east has EVER done that. Not even a tiny article about that.
Do you mean this article, Pete?
http://www.thenorthe
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[quote][p][bold]Petejones123[/bold] wrote: Trees need cutting back. Well done northern echo. A high in journalism . What about real news. Your local Michelin starred restaurant breaks into the top 50 in the uk. The first time ever a restaurant from the north east has EVER done that. Not even a tiny article about that.[/p][/quote]Do you mean this article, Pete? http://www.thenorthe rnecho.co.uk/news/lo cal/darlington/11440 816.Good_Food_Guide_ nod_for_Darlington_p ub/ chansm79
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Mon 1 Sep 14

hogworth says...

There are also trees in private gardens that need cutting back, councils used to get at private residents about this but haven't done for years.
There are also trees in private gardens that need cutting back, councils used to get at private residents about this but haven't done for years. hogworth
  • Score: -1
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