27th Oct, 2016

Row continues over Broad Street trees

Evesham Editorial 23rd Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A CONSULTATION will be launched on the future of an avenue of trees on one of Pershore’s busiest streets.

The long running saga over the overgrown trees on Broad Street moved on last week when Coun Liz Tucker spoke at a meeting of Pershore Town Council to say views would be sought over possible removal of the trees.

The Observer reported last August on town councillor Chris Parsons’ anger at the trees in Broad Street which were blocking residents natural daylight and were so high that one resident had to keep the light on in their bedroom during daytime summer hours.

And now highways chiefs at Worcestershire County Council are calling for the removal of the trees and replacement with a more ‘appropriate’ species.

A consultation on what should be done will be launched later this year before any action is taken.

But a number of campaigners have urged the council to think again and said the maintenance and trimming of trees, which will take place next month, will begin to solve the problems.

Speaking on the popular Facebook group Pershore and District Watch, a number of local residents expressed their anger at the proposals.

Leading campaigner Shirley Agg said: “All they have to do is pollard the trees, which is being done anyway, ensure they are maintained regularly, put retrospective root guards around the trees and put correct paving around the trees.

“By pollarding, and putting root guards the problem is solved anyway.

“Leaving a public consultation for more pressing issues like infrastructure of the town.” she added.

Town councillor David Annis raised the issue on the group and said: “If the tree’s come down they are replaced by another

variety of tree.

“From what I remember at a total cost of not much more than one of the original tree’s.

“Block paving and tree roots are not good bed fellows.

“If more thought and substantial tree root guards had been put in place before the tree’s had been planted none of this would

be happening today.” he added.

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