Angry residents step in to halt Florence Road trees being axed
A NUMBER OF the picturesque trees that frame Florence Road were cut down last Friday morning, before residents stepped in to stop the work, which they called ‘vandalism of the highest order’.
A dispute has now erupted between members of the Stable Lane Residents' Association and Bray Town Council following the incident in which four trees were felled.
The association spans Florence Terrace, Stable Lane and Prince of Wales Terrace.
While Bray Town Council officials have said that the trees are old and diseased, the locals say that they have seen no evidence of this and believe that the trees are still healthy.
‘It was around 8 a.m. on Friday morning when tree surgeons pulled up in their vans,' explained Dennis O'Sullivan of the Stable Lane Residents' Association. ‘ They managed to cut down four trees before residents parked their cars underneath them to stop the work from going ahead. The company told us that all of the trees along the avenue were to be felled.'
After a number of phone calls to the council, an engineer came to the site. ‘He had to hold his hands up and admit that we had not been consulted,' said Dennis. ‘Nor were we shown a tree surgeon's report condemning those trees,' he added.
‘People in the area are fuming,' said Mr. O'Sullivan. ‘ Those houses were built in 1861 and the trees add character to the street,' he said. ‘ They are part of the streetscape and actually provide shelter rather than risk from the wind.'
Three trees have been cut down outside numbers 1 and 2 Florence Terrace, and a fourth directly across the road outside Failte Park.
‘ The elected representatives and officials have been aloof,' remarked Mr. O'Sullivan, adding that the Stable Lane Residents' Association members believe that they should be removed from Bray Town Council.
Florence Road in Bray.