by Billy Naylor
8 Kopiko Way is an “L” shaped piece of land in Brooklyn. The “long” part is in corner-to-corner contact with my property. The “short” part is three houses away.
About a year ago i received a notification about work on 8 Kopiko Way, but was confused as to where it was. So i rang the WCC officer whose number was on the notification.
After some discussion i realised that the notification was for a house on the “short” part of 8 Kopiko Way; as it was nowhere near my property, i had no objection. I never heard anything more of this, and the house was duly built, i assume that the WCC officer noted my lack of objection.
I did however ask about the “long” part of 8 Kopiko Way, and was told that there were no plans laid, which i now know to be untrue (ie, in 2007 RC165757).
I also asked to be informed of any development on the “long” part. I was given a verbal assurance that i would be. But no one contacted me.
About 2 weeks ago i was awakened to the sounds of diggers and chainsaws, as earthworks and tree clearing began on the “long” part of 8 Kopiko Way.
The chainsaws were cutting down a 120 year old pine tree, which is at least partly on the land of 33 Reuben Avenue. I have since contacted the owner of 33 Reuben who had given no permission for the tree felling and no permission for the trespass on her property. She had received no notification of work, and was distressed at loosing such a beautiful tree.
Yesterday, i talked to my neighbours at 33 & 35 Reuben Avenue. This morning the owner of 33 Reuben rang me to say that she…
– bought the house BECAUSE of the big tree
– got the runaround from WCC
– believes that the tree was on her land
– can’t afford to get into a private civil fight with the developer.
We weren’t notified because a WCC officer stated (incorrectly)
that he believed we would not be impacted at all – even in a minor way.
But we are.