CONCERNED Neath residents have called for “dangerous” trees to be made safe before they cause any damage.
Nigel Fullick said they fear that 50 foot high trees behind their Furzeland Drive homes in Bryncoch will damage their property and could even injury someone.
But Mr Fullick, who works at Ford in Bridgend, said unfortunately the trees are protected and cannot be cut down.
“It is woodland which in 2006 was put under a preservation order,” he said. “A tree surgeon has come up and they were taking them down but it was put on hold because of the order,” he said.
Mr Fullick said they don’t want all the trees taken down but just want some “common sense”.
“I don’t want to upset anyone,” he said. “They just need to be trimmed back, if they just took 10 foot off the tops. A lot of the trees are rotten from the bottom and they are dangerous.
“If they fall down they will come down on our roofs. When there is wind and rain they are very unstable. You can repair property but you repair life.”
The council’s head of planning Nicola Pearce said: “We are currently in receipt of an application seeking consent to fell a number of trees which are protected by a Tree Preservation Order) on land to the rear of Furzeland Drive.
“The application is currently incomplete as we are awaiting the receipt of additional information including a tree and bat survey.
“The application cannot be registered and subsequently assessed until this information is received.
“However if the trees, as is being claimed, are dangerous and are assessed as such by the council’s arboricultural officer, they will not be covered by the Tree Preservation Order and can be felled without consent.”