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West Brom ace sparks villagers' fury over trees axe; COMPLAINTS MADE AFTER GARDNER ACCUSED OF 'DESTROYING PRIVACY'.

By BEN ECCLESTON News Reporter ben.eccleston@trinitymirror.com A ROW over felled trees has broken out between Baggies star Craig Gardner and his neighbours in Warwickshire. The West Bromwich Albion midfielder is accused of "destroying the privacy" of his fellow villagers in Fillongley by cutting down a number of large trees on his property.

Official complaints have also been made to the Health and Safety Executive over the manner in which they were felled, with one neighbour claiming the work had put them and their homes in danger.

FormerAston Villa, Birmingham City and Sunderland midfielder Gardner is thought to be extending his home in Mill Lane.

Those dangerously with an caused trees wrong way, neighbouring and A neighbour, who did not want to be named, claimed: "While project managing the building of his luxury house in Fillongley, Mr Gardner has caused devastation by ripping out 40-foot trees that has caused outrage from local neighbours and destroyed their privacy.

"Most importantly, those employed have dangerously felled trees with an excavator that caused trees to fall the wrong way, overhanging neighbouring properties and endangering residents and property.

employed have felled trees excavator that to fall the overhanging properties endangering residents "Also, the trees are not covered by a preservation order, however if they are removed they must be replaced.

"But how can you replace 40ft trees? They won't get to a reasonable size in our lifetime.

"One of the roads off Mill Lane is called Willow Lane and is named after a large willow tree which they will rip out soon too.

"It's changing the area completely."

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said it had been made aware of the situation and was making further inquiries.

Mr Gardner was contacted but the player declined to comment.

"Most those claiming had put their Those employed have dangerously felled trees with an excavator that caused trees to fall the wrong way, overhanging neighbouring properties and endangering residents

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