An­gry res­i­dents step in to halt Florence Road trees be­ing axed

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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