Hi. I’ve just inherited a property from my mum who has sadly passed away. I went to visit it today and was HORRIFIED at how Greenwich Council have left one of their street trees outside to grow so huge that it’s totally blocked the property out. I’m dreading dealing with that council, as I know that when my mum was younger and full of fight, she struggled for years with them asking them to at least cut it back. The more she asked, the more the man at the department dug his heels in - saying it was a useful part of the flora and fauna. It’s a massive lime tree - something that should never have been planted down such a tiny, narrow street. It’s so huge that the house is now completely in darkness and it’s leaves give out a glue that stick to the windows. Rarely did she even get them to trim it back off the property. What really angers me now, is that I’ve seen that the whole street had their lime trees removed about 5 years ago, and replaced with the most beautiful, pink blossom Myrtle trees…leaving JUST THE ONE lime tree outside my mum’s property. The roots are pulling up the pavement and go under the house, the tree blocks the pavement making it very narrow to walk past.
I remember my mum being so desperate, that she had to write to her MP. Not much even came of that. It almost looks deliberate as how can they remove and replace all the other lime trees and not hers? Who can I contact to be listened to? I’m still grieving and I really can’t take on any more stress. As the property is still in probate and technically still under her name, do I have any power? My MP is Lewisham, not Greenwich. I need a specific name not just a department to write to and be listened to. The property is tenanted and the conditions are causing my tenants to be depressed with the darkness. I am responsible for the tenants well-being. It makes the house look uninhabited, unattended and run down - a dump, de-valuing it. Can anybody give me a name to write to? Someone in authority?
and some laws/rules/regulations that I can quote that they’re breaking?
I’ve attached photo’s showing how huge it is in comparison to the other trees that have been replaced, how huge it is in comparison to my friend standing underneath it, a photo of it’s roots pulling up and blocking the pavement and a photo that I’ve circled where the front top window is…IF you could see it behind the foliage!