We're raging we can't watch TV due to our neighbour's huge trees…he wants to cut them down but the council won't let him | The Sun

We're raging we can't watch TV due to our neighbour's huge trees…he wants to cut them down but the council won't let him | The Sun

VILLAGERS are raging as they claim they can't watch TV due to their neighbour's huge trees – but the owner wants to cut them down.

Elaine Murdoch is just one of 100 people affected by the huge pine trees towering over homes and blocking signal.



Calling for the trees to be felled, Elaine helped set up a four-page petition among residents.

With most of the locals signing after admitting they had "given up" trying to watch telly, they presented it to the landowner.

Elaine said: "The pines are causing quite a few issues.

"They have gotten so tall that they are affecting television signal, they are becoming dangerous for houses and cars and are shading light from homes and gardens.

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"People living nearby are fed up with pixilated screens.

"It’s impossible to watch without becoming irritated.”

The properties affected back onto Moness resort, Scotland, which is owned by John McKenzie, reports the Daily Record.

The trees have covered the grounds for around 70 years.

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And in response to the petition, John said he has submitted planning applications to Perth and Kinross Council over the years to have them chopped but they've been rejected.

In a letter, he said: "All the trees are examined yearly by a qualified tree surgeon, as per our insurance company instructions, and any trees in doubt are taken down as required.

"You may not know, but about seven years ago, we applied for planning permission and we were knocked back specifically due to the protection of the trees.

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"This year, we again asked the Perth and Kinross planning department, [who] attended a meeting on site with the forestry department.

"At that meeting we were told that the planning department would strongly oppose any planning application, again due to the trees."

The Sun Online has contacted Perth and Kinross Council.

What are my rights on trees blocking my property?

According to the Rights of Light Act 1959, if a tree is blocking daylight from reaching your property, you may be able to go to court and fight for them to be cut down.

If roots are growing onto your property you can cut them off.

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