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Six trees must stay on Cheddleton resident's land

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Only another tree stopped the large falling on a pensioner;s home during the February gales

  • As the gales forced over the tree the roots were lifted which caused the foundation of a brick garage to move. The garage was ruined in the incident

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PERMISSION has been refused to fell six protected trees which form part of a site that was hit by the winter storms.

On February 12 a tree came within feet of a pensioner's home after fierce gales forced it to lean over her house.

The large tree, which was covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), was situated near a detached garage in a neighbour's garden.

As the tree started to lean over it lifted the roots from under the foundation of a garage which caused considerable damage.

The incident took place at Cheadle Road, Cheddleton at the home of Mike Rogers and his neighbour Norma Sheldon.

Now Mr Rogers has applied to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for permission to fell a further four pine trees and two Lawson Cypress trees, which form a group at the rear of the property.

The application has now been put before members of the district council's planning application committee.

Speaking to the committee, Mr Rodgers said: "There has been no problem since 1970, but at the end of January this year we had warnings there could be problems when a Lawson Cypress fell.

"Our neighbour is worried about the trees and then on February 2 a tree fell on our site.

"On February 12 another pine tree uprooted. It would have hit our neighbour's house if it had not been stopped by another tree.

"The roots lifted and ruined our garage. It is a matter of common sense and our neighbour's consideration that I ask for the removal of the trees."

Tree officer for the council, Steve Massey, said that following the February incident some trees had been removed.

He said: "There is no evidence of poor condition and no sign of disease or decay in the trees. How many trees do we take down?

"Clearly we have sympathy, but there is no guarantee with any tree. We recommended that permission is refused on the grounds it would have a significant adverse impact on the appearance and character of the area. "

Councillor Mahfooz Ahmad said: "If anything happened we are responsible.

"We have got to get into the real world and look after the community."

Councillor Mike Worthington said: "Two trees could come out, but I would struggle to support six in a picturesque area.

"There are a lot of trees on the hospital site and everyone could want one to be taken down. It would be a travesty to take down six."

Councillor Linda Malyon said: "Trees are beautiful, but also dangerous. There has to be a compromise of those which can come out and those which can be pruned. We have however got to think of people."

Councillor voted 11 to one in favour of refusing the application.

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