Disabled pensioner afraid of going to own back garden
4:02pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
Ivor Jones from Llanbradach is concerned that trees towering above his house are dangerous (1302540)
A DISABLED pensioner from Llanbradach has pleaded with Caerphilly council to take a look at two large trees overshadowing his property, saying: “I don’t want to be killed in my back garden.”
Ivor Jones, of School Street, claims he is afraid of stepping outside his own house and into his garden in case of falling branches.
The 68-year-old said: “They are absolutely huge – I’m not exaggerating. I have been trying to get the council to come over but they won’t come back to me.
“I’m just worried that nobody is listening to me because I’m getting on a bit – I’m afraid to get out there to the garden in case the branches fall on me.
“All I want is for (the council) to come out here, have a look and cut a few branches.
“It’s right over my garden. I would say that one of the branches is about a tonne in weight. I went to see a legal adviser, who told me if I cut it down then I would have to plant another one.
“I’m aggrieved because it’s totally unfair – it’s like nobody cares. I’m just trying to get someone to get a look at it.”
On Boxing Day 1997, while working as a JCB operator, Mr Jones recalls going out on a job where a fallen tree had caused three fatalities.
He said: “I had to go on a job and take the tree off a car and it had killed three people who were inside. A fortnight after I had to dig their graves – my concern is that’s going to happen to me."
“I don’t want to be killed in my own back garden.”
He has been living at the residence for just over a month but said the previous tenants also complained about the overgrown plantations.
A spokesman for Caerphilly council said: “We are aware of concerns about the trees and an inspection will be carried out to look at the extent of the problem.”