Tall trees worry house owner
Brian Avison was not amused when he was told trees behind his Whitby property would not be chopped down, despite his numerous complaints.
For two years, Avison has been asking Porirua City Council to remove several pine trees behind his house in Transom Close he believes may topple over in strong winds.
He said they were big trees and the threat of them falling was real.
‘‘ If one of them came down, it would fall on my house and garage. It is just another thing to worry about,’’ Avison said.
He said it felt as if the council could not be bothered doing anything.
‘‘The thing that brasses me off is that there are so many other cases of trees being cut down after people have complained. So what about these ones?’’
Trees in Cannons Creek were removed this year after resident Maureen Collis complained to the council.
Avison has been in his home for more than 30 years and said some- thing should be done, because he is a ratepayer.
‘‘I can’t chop them down because if they fell on to someone else’s property, I’d be liable.’’
He said a council arborist had inspected the trees and told him they would not fall down in 100 years.
‘‘The trees sway and we’ve found branches on the ground that have broken off in the wind,’’ Avison said.
He has been in touch with his insurance company and said he would be covered if a tree fell on to his house, but would have to pay an excess of about $5000.
Council’s parks manager Olivia Dovey said the council’s arborist has assessed the trees twice in response to calls from Mr Avison.
‘‘After the initial complaint we checked the trees and found that they were safe and not encroaching on Mr Avison’s property. After the second complaint earlier this year we went out again and came to the same conclusion that the trees are safe.’’
Dovey said the council removed trees in Cannons Creek as part of a planned programme of work to replace that woodland.