Fuming gran wants council to cut down ‘ridiculous’ trees that make her car ‘sticky’

Janice Daley, 57, has found herself in a sticky situation after trees next to her house began dripping tree sap onto her car, and she now wants the conifers cut down

A fed-up grandmother says “ridiculous” trees next to her home are causing her a lot of trouble.

Janice Daly, 57 says she has had to wash her prized Peugeot motor daily for the last five weeks – thanks to sticky tree sap.

She’s now demanded the council cut down the trees – but the council say that the issue is seasonal and would only fell them in exceptional circumstances.

“It’s just ridiculous,” Janice told the Daily Record. “The car is covered and really sticky now.

“It’s really hard to get the sap off of the car; I’ve been scrubbing and scrubbing for weeks.

“And all of the leaves are going in my car through the air conditioning. I can’t move it to another parking space because I had a camera fitted outside my house so I can watch it.”

The gran-of-five also claims that debris is also coming through her air conditioning too – causing more issues.

Janice, who works as a carer, says she uses her car every day and struggles to keep it clean due to her arthritis.

“The council sent a tree surgeon out but they said they wouldn’t cut down the trees. It made me so angry,” she added.

“One of the trees covers a massive area. One of the young boys who came out to inspect it told me to cut the trees down myself but they’re are on council property so I can’t.

“I feel like I just have to sit and suffer it and I’m getting worried as the darker nights will start coming soon and the tree covers the street light too.”

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “As a general rule, we will not carry out tree pruning or removal works in direct response to natural or seasonal events, such as sap exudation (honeydew).

“Only in exceptional circumstances, and when all other potential solutions have been exhausted, would tree pruning or removal be considered.

“While we understand this may cause some temporary inconvenience to those car owners affected, sap exudation is generally not considered dangerous and can be cleaned from vehicles.”