Hi, I’m a Brentford resident caught between 2 councils. On Friday a massive tree was torn down in the high winds. This took out over 12 secure fence panels and my summer house and gazebo which is attached to the back of our home. The tree took out 2 other huge trees in its way down, we have been begging for someone to come out and see the damage it has caused so far, as it still has further to fall unless something is done. The tree is over 150 foot tall and we have been asking Ealing council to come and see see it for over 10 years.as some of the branches we already touching our home over our side garden which is at least 15/18 foot wide, the tree also had signs of wet rot and decay, I’m registered disabled and my husband is 74, the tree is owned by Ealing council and we are Hounslow tenants .after spending ridiculous hours on the phone to both councils we were told that no one can come out to look at the damage before the 4th of MARCH. the tree is currently balancing on a headstone in the grave yard, as when the trees came down it has destroyed several graves. We have written to some many councillors and are waiting for someone to help. The tree has mashed up several gardens and stretches over 140 ish feet tall and just as wide. It has also turned into some sort of tourist attraction with many people turning for photos. Please any ideas.
Teresa Brent ● 133d9 Comments
TeresaThe messages are here. For some reason the thread seems to have cloned itself. I hear the tree was to be taken away Friday . I hope so, and that Lampton 360 have fixed the fence. I know there's more to do but that would at least be a start. If that hasn't happened let me know here or preferably by Mick's emails.
Guy Lambert ● 58d
An open letter for helpWe haven’t heard a thing from Ealing regarding moving the trees, apart from an email from them last Thursday saying that their contractors had had a meeting with the crane company. As now we have been able to see that there are 3 trees all tangled together. I don’t understand why Ealing are not talking to us. Surely they can’t just turn up and start the work, I’m starting to break down with the stress. It’s not just about the trees. It’s the chaos that’s going to descend on us without proper preparation. It’s about the damage that they need to talk to us about replacing or repairing. but there is so much more damage and I’m so pulled down by it I’m having stress panic attacks. I haven’t had a decent nights sleep since this all happened, My summer house is now beyond any repair and the stuff in it is only good for the skip, who’s going to clear that and replace everything. The busted up fence post have ripped brick work we paid a lot of money for years ago. My whirlybird Gig washing line is busted like a pretzel. The kids trampoline is destroyed, let alone the stress and fear that we are having to deal with every day is overwhelming. Now every time we get any wind the downed tree knocks against the house and it’s terrifying, we pointed out to Ealing that they have another tree next to our house that is as big or bigger danger in coming down, I’m just worn out, I told them about the damage to my ankle from tripping on debris they should have cleared and nothing, should I see a solicitor. Or just go to the news people. Don’t we deserve some respect, instead we are treated like mushrooms. I’m sorry, I just need someone to push Ealing and tell them that they need someone to come here and speak to us about putting this whole mess right. So we can have our lives back.
Teresa Brent ● 82d
I visited the Brents yesterday. They are still awaiting a visit from the Ealing tree service and it is a scene of some mayhem. Mr Brent has at least (by his own efforts) carved a path to the shed where Mrs B's scooter is housed and Hounslow Highways will be attending today to clear any remaining debris from the cul de sac where the Brents live.Nothing new from the tree people, who are now saying they will come on Friday (after last Friday's promise)I don't think there's much more to be done until the main tree is removed, which I suspect may require specialist equipment. There are other very tall trees around and about the Brents' which are causing them concern.
Guy Lambert ● 119d
What local press?This is the pillar of keeping local democracy and its management on it's toes.But the pillar is missing.Go to BBC London and LBC. Name and shame.
Raymond Havelock ● 123d
Sadly once again we are let down by Ealing council. They were supposed to turn up today to sort out clearing the mess, I ended up at west Middx hospital Tuesday after turning my ankle on broken bits of branches out on the road, I don’t know how they expect us to live like this, I can’t get to my Motability scooter.it’s trapped in the summers house along with other items, with tree punching holes in the roof and back wall pushed into the building, Why can’t some wake up and except responsibility, My depression is so bad, my foot and ankle is agony. it’s like being in a prison, I don’t know what else I can do except maybe the local press ?
Teresa Brent ● 123d
If the damage and potential damage lies on private property...could there be different responses?
Jim Lawes ● 133d
I exchanged emails with Mr Brent on Monday, the same day he raised the issue with me, and raised it with council officers the same day.Someone from Hounslow Housing was in contact with the Brents yesterday morning and Mick wrote to various Ealing councillors and copied me this morning. I have been in contact with ward councillors in Ealing, who are in turn in touch with the Brents.Of course it's important to get this dealt with urgently but there has been a lot of damage to trees - well over 100 trees or large branches down in both Hounslow and Ealing and the first priority was to deal with immediate danger, then blocked roads and pavements.My Ealing colleague has asked the Ealing tree service to contact the Brents as a priority. For my part, I have asked our housing people to make sure that there is no immediate danger of further damage.Moving the tree is unlikely to be straightforward: Hounslow Highways had to obtain a specialist 50 tonne crane (which are in high demand everywhere for the same reason) to clear a huge plane tree that had fallen in Chiswick and landed in the branches of another tree.
Guy Lambert ● 133d