A towering gum tree in an elite Sydney road has seen one of many nation’s wealthiest pub barons taken to courtroom by his millionaire neighbour.
Arch De Angelis, 61, the proprietor of a number of pubs and lodges in Sydney, is concerned in a dispute over the tree on his $15million waterfront property in Sea Avenue, Hunters Hill.
Mr De Angelis’ subsequent door neighbour Michael Leech claims the 20-metre tree close to the boundary of their properties has been dropping branches for the previous two years and is a danger of toppling onto his home.
After his pub baron neighbour ignored requests to chop down the tree, Mr Leech took the matter to the Land and Surroundings Courtroom – telling a listening to he and his spouse concern for his or her bodily security.
Mr Leech advised the courtroom the tree sits on a cliff face ‘overhanging’ his property.
‘The matter is over what we contemplate to be a harmful tree on Arch De Angelis’ land that is situated 1.eight metres from our property,’ Mr Leech advised the courtroom.
‘For the previous two years giant limbs have been dropping on our property. Then earlier this 12 months on October 23, we had one other department failure and I advised him if nothing was performed I might be compelled to take it to courtroom.
‘I’ve tried to have appreciable communications with Mr De Angelis in regards to the tree however nothing has been performed.’
Mr De Angelis and his spouse Robyn purchased the 2000sqm waterfront property for $1.2 million in 1991 and raised their kids – Nicole, Peter, Marc and Phil – on the house.
At an identical time Mr Leech and his spouse Elizabeth moved right into a battleaxe property in Mount Avenue.
Whereas the 2 houses are on totally different streets, the unconventional lay out of the block owned by De Angelis means a slither of the land runs neighbours the Leech’s house.
It’s on that small slither of land that the big gum tree is situated and usually drops branches onto the Leech’s block.
Mr Leech, who’s now retired, advised the courtroom he not too long ago consulted a tree professional over the potential of merely slicing off any overhanging branches, however was advised it might weaken the tree and probably trigger it to fall anyway.
‘I used to be fairly blissful to prune it, however an arborist indicated if I do take the big branches down it might destabilise the tree,’ Mr Leech advised the courtroom this week.
‘I am now of the view that the tree actually is a hazard and may come down.
‘My spouse is paranoid about it – she’s not sleeping. I’m aware of the significance of urgently coping with this tree.
‘Our issues are about hazard, to not property however extra so on a private degree.’
Mr Leech and Mr De Angelis had been ordered to attend a listening to to be held on February 7 subsequent 12 months, within the leafy road exterior their adjoining houses.
The neighbour dispute comes simply weeks after Mr De Angelis’ youngest son Phil was sentenced over his ‘marketing campaign of home violence’ towards his ex-girlfriend.
Phil De Angelis, 38, pleaded responsible to prices together with recklessly wounding Janelle ‘Nellie’ Tilley.
De Angelis junior will return to courtroom within the new 12 months to study if he’s allowed to serve his sentence in house detention – probably at his mother and father’ Hunters Hill mansion.
The De Angelis household didn’t reply to requests for remark.