Plymouth City Council had 100 complaints about dangerous trees after recent storms
PLYMOUTH City Council confirmed it was warned about a 'dangerous' tree eight days before it fell in high winds – but they received 100 similar calls within a few days.
The Herald yesterday reported that the huge tree uprooted and crashed on to two homes in Wilton Street, Stoke, on Saturday morning.
Resident Helen Collins said she had called the council about the tree on June 8, after it had blown to an angle in gales.
A council spokeswoman said: "We appreciate this must have been a pretty frightening experience for the owners of this property.
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"We can confirm that we received a call on June 8 regarding a tree at a dangerous angle in Wilton Road, however we also received around 100 calls from members of the public worried about trees near their homes in the space of a few days and it is not always easy to prioritise responses in unusually windy weather conditions."
She said teams have dealt with 25 to 30 trees that had toppled completely in gales over June 8 and 9.
The council has a tree maintenance programme to reduce risk where they can but it is not "foolproof", the spokeswoman added. "In this case, for instance, the team now removing the tree has detected considerable rot in the roots, which would not be visible in an inspection."
Mrs Collins said she and next door neighbours are writing letters of complaint to the council, asking who is liable for repairs to railings, windows and roofing.