Flat owner must cut down her 100ft trees after five-year battle with her upstairs neighbours who said they were left ‘depressed and imprisoned’ in their home
- Susan Rhodes has been locked in a dispute with Ian Walker over 100ft trees
- Row over huge trees outside home in Dundee has run for more than five years
- Mr Walker has upper floor of Victorian villa while Miss Rhodes owns ground floor
- Mr Walker has used high hedge legislation to force his neighbour to take action
A woman whose 100ft trees left neighbours feeling ‘imprisoned’ in their homes has been told to cut them down.
Susan Rhodes has been locked in a dispute with Ian Walker for more than five years over huge trees outside her home in Dundee.
Mr Walker – who has complained the trees left him feeling ‘depressed’ – occupies the upper floor of a Victorian villa while Miss Rhodes owns the ground floor.
Susan Rhodes has been locked in a dispute with Ian Walker over huge trees outside her home
The dispute over the 100ft trees in Dundee has now been going on for more than five years
Mr Walker used high hedge legislation to force his neighbour to take action after several attempts at resolving the issue failed.
He said: ‘My wife and I have lived in our upper storey flat for 35 years and are depressed and saddened by the deteriorating circumstances of our living conditions.
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‘This high hedge acts as a barrier, blocking natural light as we are acutely aware of our front rooms darkening yearly.
‘The trees are 20 to 30 metres high, positioned close to the house, of considerable spread and still growing.’
Mr Walker used high hedge legislation to force his neighbour in Dundee to take action
He claimed the trees posed a safety risk, adding: ‘The height and closeness of these trees adds to a claustrophobic feeling of being imprisoned and takes away from being at ease in our own home.
‘This loss of a sense of openness is added to by the outlook from our windows being so restricted.’
Dundee City Council bosses agreed and issued an order for five trees to be lopped to a maximum height of 23ft.
They said: ‘The council has decided that the hedge in question both constitutes a high hedge for the purposes of the Act and adversely affects the enjoyment of the domestic property which an occupant of that property could reasonably expect to have.
Dundee City Council issued an order for five trees to be lopped to a maximum height of 23ft
‘The council has decided that action should be taken in relation to the high hedge with a view to remedying the adverse effect and where stated, preventing its recurrence.’
Miss Rhodes has challenged the council’s decision and submitted an appeal to the Scottish Government.
She has claimed the trees do not form a barrier to light and do not affect the Walkers’ property.
A reporter will issue a decision on her claims at a later date. High hedge laws were designed to address disputes between neighbours.
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