CAll to gEt to thE root of trEE proB­lEms

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Coun­cil­lors have called for teams to tackle dan­ger­ous over­grown and over­hang­ing trees across Peter­bor­ough. Wer­ring­ton coun­cil­lor John Fox­said the num­beronecom­plaint he­heard­from­res­i­dents was about trees - and Raven­sthor­pecoun­cil­lorEdMur­phy said he thought the sit­u­a­tion was dan­ger­ous.

Both said more needed to be done to tackle the is­sue.

Cll­rFox­said:“TreesinWer­ring­ton are the num­ber one com­plaint we get - more than speed­ing, park­ing and other is­sues.

“The trees are so tall and they are block­ing light and paths. There are also trees which are planted i n the wrong lo­ca­tion - there is a sycamore tree out­side el­derly peo­ple’s homes- which­means res­i­dents have­to­keep­com­ing out to pick up the seeds.

“I would like to see a Wer­ring­ton tree strat­egy fromthe coun­cil, so some­thing is done to tackle the prob­lem.”

Cllr Mur­phyadded:“There are a few trees in the Wil­len­holt area, which are block­ing paths and the light.

“The trees also need to be kept safe - we don’t want big branches fall­ing onto peo­ple, as it is very dan­ger­ous.

“I know there are a few on pri­vate land, but the coun­cil should make sure as many trees as pos­si­ble are kept trimmed and in a safe con­di­tion. We should be look­ing af­ter our trees.”

Aspokesman­forPeter­bor­ough City Coun­cil said there was a sched­ule of tree works be­ing car­ried out across the city over the sum­mer. The spokesman said the works are de­signed to main­tain or en­hance the tree pop­u­la­tion, fa­cil­i­tate the re­moval of dan­ger­ous or po­ten­tially haz­ardous trees, pro­mote bio­di­ver­sity and con­ser­va­tion of the tree and wood­land ecosys­tem and con­serve vet­eran trees with sig­nif­i­cant eco­log­i­cal, his­tor­i­cal and amenity value.

Wer­ring­ton coun­cil­lors John and Judy Fox and Stephen Lane ex­am­in­ing prob­lem trees

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