Couple living in fear after tree falls onto their home in Sheffield

Deepcar resident Steve Hudson with the fallen tree that is causing a risk to his home.
Deepcar resident Steve Hudson with the fallen tree that is causing a risk to his home.
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A couple are living in fear after a 60ft tree fell onto their home in Sheffield.

Steve Hudson and partner, Susan Parker, have been trying to get the tree removed ever since it fell against the side of their home in Mill Lane, Deepcar, on Saturday, December 27.

The tree, rooted in the Little River Don which runs behind their home, still rests dangerously on the building, despite Sheffield Council and the Environment Agency agreeing it needs to be removed.

Steve, aged 49, said: “We have a 60ft tree resting precariously and dangerously on our home right above gas pipes. If anyone is underneath it or it falls on the gas pipe who knows what will happen.”

“The nightmare of constantly being on the phone and pass from pillar to post has ruined our Christmas and New Year.”

He added: “The Environmental Agency charges anglers a license fee to fish the river yet claim we own the land the river is on.”

An Environment Agency spokesman said Mr Hudson, as riparian owner - someone who owns land next to, above or with a watercourse running through it - is responsible for river to the centre line, and trees and vegetation along the bank.

A Sheffield Council spokesman confirmed Mr Hudson was responsible and added: “We understand Mr Hudson’s concern and have given him advice and contact details of an approved tree contractor who could carry out the work.”