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End of torment as Askam problem tree goes

A TREE that caused flooding outside an elderly woman’s home has been removed after years of torment.

TREE FELLED: Elizabeth Standing of Sharp Street, Askam, is relieved that a problem tree has been removed ASHTON BOWRON REF: 50039956B000

The removal of the chaos-causing tree from Sharp Street, Askam, comes after the Evening Mail revealed 88-year-old Elizabeth Mary Standing’s heartbreak at past flooding and fear of the next flood.

Janice Cumming, clerk to the Askam and Ireleth Parish Council, said that since then action had been taken to correct the situation.

She said: “We had a tree surgeon come on October 25 to remove the tree.”

Wendy Crawford, Mrs Standing’s daughter, said it was a relief that the tree had been removed.

She said: “It’s a good result in the end.”

She said her mother was over the moon about the progress that has been made after around 15 years of flooding fear.

Mrs Crawford said: “There’s still a lot of leaves around. A tree surgeon is coming to look at all the different trees. They will be looking to see if more need to be removed.”

The tree, planted about 15 years ago outside Mrs Standing’s home, was shedding leaves into the drain and causing rainwater to collect there.

Mrs Cumming said that some of the trees in the park had become “barked”, a tree disease with symptoms that show the exterior to be “stripped” or cracked.
Askam and Ireleth Parish Council is planning to remove more of the trees in the future, she said.

She said: “About three more trees have been stripped of the bark.

“The trees at Sharpe Street are sycamores, and they do shed a lot of leaves.”

Mrs Crawford, of Blea Beck, said the removal of the tree has made a difference not only to the drainage, but also on the atmosphere in the house.

She said: “The house gets a lot more light in now. It’s great. My mother is really happy.”

Have your say

Can anyone tell me why the council blow leaves off the pavements onto the roads only for the leaves to block the drains and cause floods like in Rating Lane last month. How hard would it to turn the switch suck them up instead? Just a thought!!

Posted by confused on 5 November 2012 at 16:28

I wish that the council would end my torment by chopping down the bus stop in my street which takes up at least 3 car parking spaces, to give me and my neighbours at least a chance of finding a parking space! The local bus stop users throw away their chip wrappers and empty crisp packets which accumulate in nearby drains, thereby increasing the risk of flooding. Chop 'em all down I say... lets have a "hail and stop" bus service.

Posted by electriceel on 4 November 2012 at 22:19

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