SRMMeanwhile, in one of the pretty terraced houses on the wide street, 41-year-old dad Scott Redding showed the Telegraph a photo of Mayfield Road taken in 1913.
In it, small trees can clearly be seen lining the pavement – the very same trees that the council removed only this week.
Scott said: “There’s a tradition of trees being on this street, providing shade as you walk down.
“Without them, I think many of the residents wouldn’t have chosen to live on Mayfield Road at all. I’ve heard they were diseased, but the stumps look fine to me.
“We’ve had no explanation, and we had no warning, either.”
Council leaders have been told about the residents’ concerns. They have now asked officers to brief them on the situation.