A HUSBAND has had to take time out from looking after his bedridden wife to try to find out why Harrow Council failed to chop down a tree on time.
Michael McCoy, 77, of Kenmore Avenue, says one trunk lying over the property boundary is pushing over a garden fence to such an extent that he fears it could collapse on him.
He was told by letter on September 10 the work would be complete by October 30 but is still waiting for tree surgeons to appear one month on.
The former storekeeper said: "There's no question of their responsibility but I have lost count of the number of times I have called the department.
"To make matters worse, the letter said: 'Don't hesitate to ring me if you have a problem.' It's impossible to contact the officer and every time I ring, I get somebody else."
Mr McCoy said he is mystified as to why it taking so long since the council's finance department has approved him to repair the fence at the taxpayers' expense.
"The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing," he said. "The tree's been a problem for some time but I was expecting the council would act itself. I told them it was getting worse and becoming dangerous.
"I was pottering around the garden recently and the wind picked up and I heard a creaking sound. The fence could quite easily fall on me. It's an 8ft wooden fence and the tree is probably 20ft.
"The council are not aware of my personal situation, but that shouldn't make a difference. My wife's an invalid - she's bed bound - and I'm her full time carer. I could do without this."
Patrick Prendergast, the council's aboricultural operation manager, said: "A council officer visited Mr McCoy on Tuesday and apologised for the delay and inconvenience he has been caused.
"This was due to repair issues in other areas of the borough. The council will remove the tree by the end of the week and Mr McCoy has said he is satisfied."