May 24 2013 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Thursday, August 23, 2012
A Welling woman has been awarded more than £150,000 in damages from Bexley council after a poplar tree in Danson Park more than 30 yards away caused her house to crumble.
Josephine Robbins, who lives in Radnor Avenue, won a High Court ruling on August 16.
The payout includes £3,000 for Mrs Robbins’ ‘distress and inconvenience’ and £147,081 for repairing the damage caused by the tree.
The case dates back to 2003 when the homeowner noticed cracking in the walls at the back of the house. She pointed the finger at a black poplar tree in the council-owned park.
Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart said that while Bexley council could not be blamed for failing to cut the trees down, the situation could have been prevented had a proper and adequate system of pruning been put in place.
A council spokesman said: “The claim was dealt with by the council’s insurers who are currently considering the judgment and the merits of any appeal.”