‘Tragedy waiting to happen’: mum

THREES A CROWD. Greenville Ave resident, Clare McLaughlin, who is concerned over the height of the trees near her back garden.INBM3-15 054SC.
THREES A CROWD. Greenville Ave resident, Clare McLaughlin, who is concerned over the height of the trees near her back garden.INBM3-15 054SC.

The death of a man in Lisburn who was killed after a tree fell on his van has prompted a group of Ballymoney neighbours to call for trees at the rear of their houses to be made secure.

The residents from Greenville Avenue say there is a tragedy waiting to happen if the trees are not “topped”.

One mother said: “What’s it going to take? One of our children dying in their beds?”

The neighbours say they want Ballymoney Borough Council to take the tops off the trees, not fell them completely.

Clare McLaughlin told the Times: “Those trees are higher than our houses and in stormy weather, it’s terrifying to see them swaying and to hear the noise of them.

“We are terrified that some night they will come down and crash right into our houses.

“Last week when that storm hit there were winds of about 60mph and my neighbour and I were actually messaging each other asking ‘Are you ok?’

“I have a wee boy of five here and there are three wee boys next door. What if one of those trees came down on any of these houses?

“All we are asking is for the tops to be taken off the trees so that if they do come down, they won’t hit the houses. All we want is peace of mind.

“Ballymoney Council came out to look at the trees before but said there was no budget to do anything with them. But they need to come out here some night when it’s stormy to see the trees. It’s terrifying.”

A spokesperson For Ballymoney Borough Council told the Times: “Council have had concerns raised with it and had the trees at this location inspected. As a result some felling of suspect trees took place in 2013.

“All remaining trees were deemed to be healthy. If expert opinion concluded that a tree or trees should be felled or topped then Council would act.

“At no time has lack of money been a consideration where safety issues are concerned. Another inspection can be carried out and Council will respond on the basis of the inspection recommendations.”