Coun­cil anger over felled trees

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THE Chair­man of Prest­bury Par­ish Coun­cil has hit out at Net­work Rail for cut­ting down trees be­low the bridge at Prest­bury rail­way sta­tion and leav­ing the area ‘like a bat­tle site’.

Coun Arthur Dicken said tak­ing away the trees from the area, on But­ley Lanes, has also ex­posed dam­age the fence which pro­tects those walk­ing there from a 20ft drop down onto the rail­way track.

He said: “Now they have chopped the trees down it looks like a First World War bat­tle site with aban­doned shells.

“It was a very at­trac­tive area be­fore and now there are just bun­dles of trees lying all over the em­bank­ment.

“Tak­ing away the trees has also left a hole in the fence. I spoke to some­one from Net­work Rail who ac­cepted the risk of some­one walk­ing through the hole in the fence and fall­ing onto the track.

“The per­son I spoke to said they would fix it but that was a week ago. I’ve heard noth­ing since.”

He added: “The Par­ish Coun­cil has two is­sues with what they have done – firstly, they have made a ter­ri­ble mess close to a con­ser­va­tion area and se­condly, they have caused a safety haz­ard.”

A spokesper­son from Net­work Rail ac­knowl­edged that the fence had been dam­aged but said the tree work had been nec­es­sary.

They said: “We re­moved trees at Prest­bury sta­tion at the start of April. Veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment is an es­sen­tial part of rail­way main­te­nance and this work is cru­cial to keep­ing both trains and pas­sen­gers safe on the net­work. The work has ex­posed dam­age to the fence, which was re­ported to Net­work Rail last week and will be fixed as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity.”

Lor­raine Sim­cox with one of the cre­ations which formed part of her demon­stra­tion ‘All Kinds of Every­thing’

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●● The area on But­ley Lanes be­low the bridge at Prest­bury rail sta­tion where the trees were cut down

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