Fight to have trees behind Pate's Grammar School which block homes' light cut down taken to Martin Horwood MP
ANGRY residents battling to have towering trees chopped down behind their homes have taken their fight to the town's MP.
Neighbours in Graham Place have taken the step after their pleas to Pate's Grammar School to have them cut down fell on deaf ears.
Poplar trees at the back of Pate's Grammar School in Hester's Way have infuriated the people who live in the neighbouring houses.
They claimed the trees have blocked sunlight and satellite TV signals and littered their gutters and gardens with leaves.
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The residents said they had repeatedly complained about the trees, which are around 90ft tall and overlook gardens, but the school has failed to take action.
Now they have launched a petition which they have arranged to hand to MP Martin Horwood at his Cheltenham office on March 22.
Anne Wildman, 52, said handing the petition to Mr Horwood was a desperate attempt to finally spark action from the school.
She said: "Most of the people on the street have signed the petition. We have around 25 signatures. It's a shame we've had to resort to doing a petition, but the school just hasn't listened.
"We have written to them and asked them to do something again and again, but they just ignore us."
Her husband Paul Wildman, 64, said that, when they moved to their house 11 years ago, the trees were not a problem. But they had now grown so tall that they block sunlight.
He added: "We complained to the school last year and we went to them again a couple of months ago, and they said they would deal with it but nothing has happened. We would be quite happy if they cut the trees down halfway.
"I have a letter dated October 20, 2010 from the school bursar in which he said they would talk to the groundsman about the issue, but nothing has happened."
Lorna Harper, 39, said the trees had prevented her from getting Sky TV because they block satellite signals.
She added: "There was Sky when I moved in last August but the signal was terrible, so I called in an engineer. He said he could not get a signal because the trees were blocking it."
Pate's declined to comment on the issue.