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Residents’ bid to save roadside trees facing the axe

The trees in Brooklands Crescent, Fulwood, which the council intend to remove so they can even out the pavements.

The trees in Brooklands Crescent, Fulwood, which the council intend to remove so they can even out the pavements.

Residents in Fulwood fear their road will be ‘decimated’ by the chopping down of trees as part of the Streets Ahead road resurfacing project.

Brooklands Crescent is set to lose lime and cherry trees that have been there since around 1926. Residents, who have started a petition, say they would rather have uneven pavements and keep the trees

Kirk Davies said: “The pavements on the road are uneven and they always have been. After 25 years people have learned to live with it.

“In terms of beauty to lose the trees would decimate the place. We are really distressed, I have to say. It will ruin the character of the road and make it look bland, like half the other streets in the country. There will be no birdsong. A lot of wildlife is going to go.”

The council said 17 out of 52 trees - those damaging pavements - are due to go as a last resort, and it had been contacted by some residents who wanted them to be removed.

Every tree lost would be replaced with an appropriate species. A meeting will be held with residents and local councillors.

 

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