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Harold Hill resident angry after council won’t pay for fallen tree that damaged her garden

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 13 June 2018

Pamela Morgan-Wilder by the fence panels in her garden where a tree came down a year ago.

Pamela Morgan-Wilder by the fence panels in her garden where a tree came down a year ago.

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A Harold Hill resident is angry at Havering council after it won’t pay for damage caused to her garden when a council owned tree fell down during a storm.

The tree that fell into Pams garden in June last year. Photo: Pamela Morgan-WilderThe tree that fell into Pams garden in June last year. Photo: Pamela Morgan-Wilder

Pamela Morgan-Wilder, 68, of Redruth Walk said that last summer during bad weather a tree smashed into her back garden and caused nearly £100 worth of damage.

Pam, who has lived in the house all her life, claims that although the high winds did have something to do with the tree falling over, that it was also deemed “top heavy” by green-fingered council officials who visited her home.

Councillor Osman Dervish, cabinet member for environment told the Recorder that because the tree falling was due to the weather, and not any fault on the part of the council, that it wouldn’t be paying for repairs.

The 68-year-old said that she had to fork out £97 to replace two wooden panels that had been damaged by the tree.

Pamela Morgan-Wilder and her dog Leo by the fence panels in her garden where a tree came down a year ago.Pamela Morgan-Wilder and her dog Leo by the fence panels in her garden where a tree came down a year ago.

According to Pam, when council gardeners came to visit her house after the incident, they told her that at least five of the 50ft plus trees surrounding her garden were “top heavy”.

She said: “I had council officials who came to my house and they said that they thought all the trees around here are top heavy.

“It’s disgusting how they’ve treated us.”

She said that her German Shepherd, Leo, had been playing outside, when her dog walker had come to take him out.

Damage caused by the fallen tree in Pams garden. Photo: Pamela Morgan-WilderDamage caused by the fallen tree in Pams garden. Photo: Pamela Morgan-Wilder

Pam then shouted to Leo, and seconds later the tree came crashing down.

She said: “If I hadn’t have shouted on him then he would have been crushed.”

Cllr Osman Dervish said: “The tree in question was blown down during a period of high winds that affected large areas of the country in June last year.

“The cause of the tree falling was the extreme weather conditions and not due to any fault on the part of the council.

The tree that fell into Pams garden in June last year. Photo: Pamela Morgan-WilderThe tree that fell into Pams garden in June last year. Photo: Pamela Morgan-Wilder

“The matter has been considered independently by the council’s insurers who have decided that the council is not legally liable in these circumstances.

“Whilst I appreciate this is disappointing for the resident, the council is only in a position to offer compensation where there is a legal liability to do so.”

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