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Edgar Street trees due to be cut down today
12:23pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS will today (Sunday) find out if their efforts to save the Edgar Street lime trees in Hereford have been realised.
The trees are due to be cut down today, but those who are leading the campaign to keep them have made it clear they will not go easily.
The Highways Agency has confirmed that at least 10 of the 14 trees will have to be cut down to enable an additonal lane to be built on the southbound carriageway.
The proposal is part of a three-stage "pinch-point" programme that is aimed to improve traffic flow in the city.
But, campaigners have claimed that there has been a lack of consultation with ward members and residents.
“Ward councillors should be made aware of any significant council activities that are liable to impact on or affect any group of people or communities within their ward," said Councillor Liz Chave, ward member for Three Elms.
"The Chief Executive of the council will put in place arrangements to ensure that the ward councillors are properly informed about such matters and are allowed an opportunity to comment where appropriate on such matters.
"Was it an omission, or over-sight – or something else, then – that meant the three ward councillors for Three Elms ward, and the one for the neighbouring Central ward, only knew of the plans for felling the lime trees when they received notice of a planning application, because the area is a conservation area?
"This was towards the end of January.
"The ever rising number of names on the petition suggests a high level of discontent with what is happening.
"Consultation – properly done – can lead to some kind of consensus, but that seems to be of no interest whatsoever to some."
The Highways Agency has confirmed that the trees that will be cut down will be replaced with similar species.
Updates to follow regarding any developments...
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