Resident forced to leave lights on ‘24/7’ due to looming tree outside home

James Hutchinson is complaining about a tree which is blocking the light in his front room. He says he has to keep the lights on all day because of this tree.
James Hutchinson is complaining about a tree which is blocking the light in his front room. He says he has to keep the lights on all day because of this tree.
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A Bury St Edmunds resident says he has to keep the lights on in his front room ‘24 hours a day’ due to a large tree outside his house.

James Hutchinson, of Oliver Road, has repeatedly called Suffolk County Council to deal with the looming Sycamore but to no avail.

The 59-year-old says the tree completely blocks the light into his front room.

He said: “We’ve been paying electricity 24 hours a day because we haven’t got any light - it isn’t good enough.

“What happens if it falls down?

“It wasn’t very big when we came here and they’ve done nothing with it in the whole 18 years we’ve been here.

“It’s been a problem since 2000. We’ve been asking and asking since then. They did a mass chop down here and it’s always been missed.”

Mr Hutchinson, who lives with his mother Gwendolyn, 76, and used to be a street cleaner in Bury, added: “I’m fed up with it - the price of electric is going up and we’ve got to pay this bill.

“The bulbs need replacing because we’re burning them out.”

A spokesman for the county council said they were unable to trim the tree this winter due to a ‘significant number of more high priority trees to deal with’.

He added: “These were trees that either posed a potential risk to public safety or where touching buildings.

“This tree is on our list to deal with.”