Prob­lem trees to come down in Kin­lochleven

The Oban Times - - News -

RES­I­DENTS in the Wades Road area of Kin­lochleven could soon see an end to the long-run­ning saga of prob­lems caused by nearby trees on lo­cal au­thor­ity land.

Coun­cil­lors have now agreed to fund the £15,000plus costs of the clear felling of the conifers from the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ment bud­get.

Although a felling li­cence will still need to be granted by the Forestry Com­mis­sion, An­drew Bax­ter, Fort Wil­liam and Ard­na­mur­chan coun­cil­lor, is hope­ful con­trac­tors will be able to start work soon.

‘This has been a long-run- ning prob­lem for three or four years and in­volves a block of trees on the other side of the road from a group of houses,’ he said. ‘The conifers are quite densely packed to­gether and were prob­a­bly planted in the 1950s. As a re­sult they are quite big now and it means they are block­ing a lot of the light to these houses all year round.

‘Res­i­dents of the houses have also been con­cerned about pos­si­ble dam­age to their prop­er­ties, with the nee­dle­drop from the trees caus­ing lots of is­sues with blocked up drains and gut­ters.’

Mr Bax­ter says it has taken a con­sid­er­able time to fi­nally get ac­tion ap­proved to tackle the prob­lem. He said: ‘It proves that per­sis­tence does pay off even­tu­ally and I am de­lighted this money has been ap­proved and, although a li­cence will still need to be ob­tained from the Foresty Com­mis­sion, hope­fully these trees will now be felled fairly quickly.’

Mr Bax­ter says once the area of land is cleared of the trees, the ground will cre­ate a buf­fer zone along the river.

He added: ‘I would be keen to see the West High­land Way re-routed along the area to be cleared, as at the mo­ment it just goes along the side of the road and this would be a more at­trac­tive op­tion.’

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