Main Street tree anger

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South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have come un­der fire for chop­ping down tree branches on Ruther­glen Main Street.

One lo­cal said she was “dis­gusted” at what had been done.

Louize Spring said: “I’m so an­gry - I don’t see why it was nec­es­sary.”

A mum- of- three has hit out at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil af­ter they chopped down ma­ture lime trees on Ruther­glen Main Street.

Louise Spring, of Green­hill Court, says she was “dis­gusted” when she saw what was hap­pen­ing to the town cen­tre green­ery.

“The Main Street is one of the most pol­luted roads in the coun­try and one of the things that helps com­bat that is to have trees and shrubs in the area to pro­vide oxy­gen,” she said.

“So what does the coun­cil do? It chops down the trees.

“I’m so an­gry - I don’t see why it was nec­es­sary - it’s never been a prob­lem any other year,” said the health and so­cial care stu­dent.

Louise also says her eight-yearold son was up­set when he saw what was hap­pen­ing.

“He kept say­ing to me that peo­ple should show more re­spect to trees ‘be­cause they are good for us’, she added.

“They have made the area so un­sightly by chop­ping them down com­pletely or cut­ting them back dra­mat­i­cally.

“It ’ s a bad move, both en­vi­ron­men­tally and aes­thet­i­cally,” said Louise.

And she’s not alone in her con­dem­na­tion of the coun­cil.

“My gran is 86 years old and has lived in Ruther­glen all her life.

“She’s up­set too, be­cause she says she doesn’t re­mem­ber a year when the Main Street didn’t have trees.”

Green Party mem­ber Su­san Martin called the coun­cil’s ac­tion “ridicu­lous”.

“Cut­ting down th­ese beau­ti­ful trees is not the way to com­bat pol­lu­tion,” she said.

“Part of the beauty of Main Street is that it is tree-lined. That makes it quite un­usual.”

Su­san also feels that pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion of part of the street could help the sit­u­a­tion.

“A traf­fic-free zone would be the mak­ing of the town,” she added. “Most towns have a pedes­tri­anised area and we have to re­duce traf­fic some­how.

“More com­mu­nity spa­ces are needed in Ruther­glen too – even if it is just a small area.

“Also, there are no green coun­cil­lors in South La­nark­shire, so no-one puts over the en­vi­ron­men­tal case.”

Stephen Kelly, Head of Fa­cil­i­ties, Waste and Grounds Ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said: “The lime trees on Ruther­glen Main Street were, on in­spec­tion, found to have dam­age within the root­zone.

“This prompted the ma­jor crown re­duc­tion which has taken place re­cently.

“Lime trees are ex­tremely good at re­cov­er­ing and we would ex­pect a full canopy by the end of the sum­mer 2016 .

“At that point we will re­assess the root struc­ture as it may be nec­es­sary to carry out this type of crown re­duc­tion on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in fu­ture.”

Part of the beauty of Main Street is that it is tree-lined. That makes it quite un­usual

Dis­gusted

Louise Spring and 15-month old son Dun­can

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