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Property damage from trees, claim

Roger Spratt by his garage in Cramlington which he says is being damaged by tree roots and which the council refuses to take down. GM039

Roger Spratt by his garage in Cramlington which he says is being damaged by tree roots and which the council refuses to take down. GM039

A Cramlington resident fears his home may suffer more damage after roots of a tree caused cracks to appear in his property.

Roger Spratt lives in Minting Place and he has asked Northumberland County Council to remove a tree adjacent to his home, which he says has caused cracks in the wall of his garage.

And he fears unless action is taken these will continue and cause the wall to collapse.

He said: “I am really worried about it and the council don’t seem to want to do anything about it.

“They have refused to cut the tree down.”

The county council said the damage claims are under investigation.

A spokesperson said: “As Mr Spratt wishes to claim for alleged damage from the tree, this has to go through our normal insurance processes.

“The claim was received on May 1 so it is in the early stages of investigation.

“The tree has no significant defects and there is no arboricultural reason for it to be removed, so we will have to wait until the investigation is completed.

“The claim has been referred to our insurers and we are in the process of making further enquiries and investigations into the extent and cause of the damage to the property, and whether the tree roots are an influence or factor to the damage.

“Once these enquiries are complete we will be able to return to Mr Spratt with a full response.

“We appreciate that this is frustrating for Mr Spratt, and apologise for any distress caused.”

 

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