Home­owner in row over tree dam­age to garage

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A HOME­OWNER is em­broiled in a bat­tle over claims a tree on coun­cilowned land has dam­aged his prop­erty.

Mor­ris Den­tith, 61, claims the roots of a scrub wil­low tree has caused struc­tural dam­age to a free-stand­ing garage at his home on Mal­lard Cres­cent, Poyn­ton.

Mr Den­tith be­lieves the prob­lem has re­sulted in him be­ing un­able to sell his house, wreck­ing his re­tire­ment plans.

He said: “I no­ticed that my garage was lean­ing but as­sumed that the prob­lem was due to the age of the garage.

“It later tran­spired that some trees on the coun­cil’s land had taken root un­der my garage and it was these roots that were caus­ing my garage to top­ple.”

Mr Den­tith con­tacted the coun­cil, which sent round an in­spec­tor.

Within days the trees had been chopped down and the re­main­ing roots treated.

How­ever, Mr Den­tith claims the coun­cil is now re­fus­ing to put right the dam­age caused to the garage be­cause the trees grew nat­u­rally and were not planted by the au­thor­ity.

Mr Den­tith also claims he had to drop the ask­ing price for his house sev­eral times and has been quoted £4,000 for a re­place­ment garage.

He said: “I do not con­cur with the coun­cil be­ing blame­less. Af­ter many view­ings of the house I even­tu­ally re­duced the price of the house but peo­ple were con­cerned about the fact that my garage was lean­ing. The es­tate agent wrote to me say­ing that view­ers were put off by the fact. This has been very stress­ful and is af­fect­ing my plans to take early re­tire­ment to Spain be­cause of ill health.

“I do not think that it is just for any­one to have the value of their largest as­set sub­stan­tially re­duced be­cause the coun­cil did not at­tend to their land and had, to all in­tents and pur­poses, aban­doned it.”

Mr Den­tith is now plan­ning to com­mis­sion in­de­pen­dent re­ports from both an ar­borol­o­gist and a struc­tural engi­neer to prove his case to the in­sur­ers.

A spokesman for the coun­cil said: “Mr Den­tith’s claim re­mains in the hands of our ex­ter­nal claim han­dlers. We are not in a po­si­tion to com­ment fur­ther at this time.”

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