Daniel Craig has faced his share of trouble on the big screen, but the four-time James Bond star is now facing a new threat.
Alasdair Nisbey, who lives next to Craig’s Camden house, has complained that a 50 foot tree on the actor’s property is causing subsidence in the neighbourhood. Mr Nisbey’s claims were backed up in an engineer’s report, which highlighted cracks that had appeared in a bathroom, two bedrooms, a conservatory, living room, utility room and a hallway in his property.
“The cracks...[are] indicative of subsidence as a result of shrinkage of the clay subsoil due to the moisture extracting influence of the left hand neighbour’s rear plane trees and pear tree, along with the same neighbour’s front beech trees,” said subsidence specialist Stuart Harris in a report to the Town Hall. “In order to stabilise the property and prevent further damage occurring in the future, the cause of the movement needs to be addressed.”
Despite this, a number of Craig’s neighbours have come to his defence. For many, the giant tree is a staple of the neighbourhood.
“We have lost so many trees in this stretch over the years,” said Colin Jacobson, a ten year resident of the area. “It used to be so, so much greener, with wonderful, mature back gardens throughout the neighbourhood.
“Trees have been continuously cut back over fears of subsidence, while businesses and homes have built sheds and extensions, further whittling away green space. Traffic has increased in the road while trees are disappearing.”
Craig has also been asked to trim another tree and to have a wisteria, honeysuckle and a group of hornbeams in his garden removed along with the 50ft giant.
“These trees are not just aesthetically beautiful, they have been part of this neighbourhood, its feel, for so long,” Jacobson continued. “To have it taken away like this – well, it will be like losing a limb.
“In order to stabilise the property and prevent further damage occurring in the future, the cause of the movement needs to be addressed.”
“Insurers want a simple life, and for them the solution is to cut down a tree. They say it’s because of subsidence but there isn’t always the correlation between them.
“I am concerned the council’s tree department haven’t even come to look at it.”
Other residents are planning ahead for the tree’s removal. Bruce Saunders, a Camden-based joiner, has already submitted a request to the council that if the tree is felled he be allowed to collect the wood to turn into furniture.
As of yet, Craig and wife Rachel Weisz are not appealing Mr Nisbey’s application.
Craig isn’t the first central London celebrity to get into trouble with his neighbours over property developments. Robbie Williams’ ongoing renovations in his house in Holland Park have caused a longstanding feud with neighbour Jimmy Page, while last September Great British Bake Off’s Sue Perkins successfully prevented the construction of a bungalow in a neighbour’s garden.
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