Poplar trees chopped down

NILALM110621D1 Cllr Alex Philips with the trees that have been cut down near Quarry hill industrial estate

NILALM110621D1 Cllr Alex Philips with the trees that have been cut down near Quarry hill industrial estate

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TREES that stood at more than 60 foot high have been hacked down by the council sparking an angry reaction from residents.

The poplars stood behind buildings on the Quarry Hill Industrial Estate and were cut down by the council because of health and safety reasons.

Nearby resident, David Walker, said: “There was nothing wrong with those trees and now there’s nothing can be done because they’re gone.

“The council had men and vans down here cutting them down when they’re not even a problem.

“Further up you can’t walk on the pavement because of overgrown trees but nothing’s been done about them.”

Another resident who did not want to me named said: “Those trees were more than 70-years-old and there was absolutely nothing wrong with them.

“No one was even told it was happening then when we asked the workmen questions we just got a load of abuse.

“Those trees will take 30-40 years to get to anything like they were before they were chopped down.

“They’ve not been coppiced, there’s nothing left but stumps.

“It’s disgusting, there’s nothing left.”

Ward councillor, Alex Phillips, said: “If the trees were a health and safety concern, a way of dealing with them should have been discussed before any action was taken.

“No-one was informed of any work on the trees and they should have been.

“I understand why residents are upset because there is now no screening and the area looks a mess.”

But Dave Bramwell, head of green space and street scene at Erewash Borough Council, said: “The council has taken the decision to coppice trees at Quarry Hill Road as a result of damaged branches and due to poplar trees being both heavy limbed and extremely brittle. It has not been possible to prune the trees as any new growth is typically weaker and likely to cause further damage.

“We have made every effort to preserve the existing trees and as this variety of tree is very fast growing, they will recover and provide a similar level of screening from the industrial estate in the future.”