Town cen­tre trees axed

Three re­moved on safety grounds

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Kenny Mac­Don­ald

Coun­cil of­fi­cials have de­fended their move to chop down a clutch of town cen­tre trees and vowed to re­place them next year.

The trees, out­side The Stove and Dorothy Perkins on Dum­fries High Street, were axed last weekend.

A com­bined team of work­ers from both the Forestry Com­mis­sion plus the coun­cil took them down to the an­noy­ance of nearby res­i­dents.

But a coun­cil spokes­woman stressed that the trees had be­come dan­ger­ous when re­cent high winds caused sev­eral to up­root and break pave­ment slabs and cob­bles.

She said: “The trees in the town cen­tre are ap­pre­ci­ated by ev­ery­one. They add to the en­vi­ron­ment and sur­round­ings.

“And the coun­cil do not re­move trees with­out good rea­son, we like them just like ev­ery­one else does.

“The tree out­side Dorothy Perkins was dam­aged in the re­cent high winds caus­ing it to up­root. This has re­sulted in the sur­round­ing cob­bles and pave­ment slabs be­com­ing un­even and dan­ger­ous, cre­at­ing a safety is­sue for the pub­lic.”

She added: “The two fur­ther trees out­side the Stove were re­moved be­cause they were dead caus­ing the ground and foun­da­tions to weaken.

“If there was any more bad weather, this could pose a sig­nif­i­cant risk to the pub­lic so they had to be re­moved.

“The coun­cil had plan­ning per­mis­sion to re­move them and had been work­ing with the Forestry Com­mis­sion on en­sur­ing this was done in a safe and con­trolled man­ner.

“The trees that have been re­moved will be re­placed early next year.”

An­gry res­i­dent John Dow­son, from Bank Street, said: “It cer­tainly was a rude awak­en­ing on Sun­day morn­ing to hear scream­ing chain­saws chop­ping down trees.

“They started at about 9am and there was no warn­ing which is just typ­i­cal of this coun­cil – no com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the pub­lic.

“Now we’ve lost these four trees and I just hope that the are go­ing to re­place them.

“I be­lieve the coun­cil could have fixed the pave­ments and saved those trees, but again there was no in­for­ma­tion.

“I just think they have shown no re­spect to the res­i­dents. And I have spo­ken to a few who are re­ally up­set about all of this.

“It’s the same about the sit­u­a­tion at the Cather­ine Street play park where the coun­cil want to chop down 10 out of 35 trees to make it all in­clu­sive.

“The idea is good to in­clude dis­abled peo­ple, but the way the coun­cil are go­ing about it is just shame­ful.”

Stumped Dum­fries town cen­tre res­i­dents Mar­garet Dow­son, John and Clare Charkow and John Dow­son

Re­moved One of the trees

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