Tree removal sparks objection

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PLANS to remove trees from a Morpeth street have been opposed by town councillors.

An application has been submitted to fell a sycamore, maple, three ash and a hornbeam at 10 Southgate Mews, despite the existence of Tree Preservation Orders.

Morpeth Town Council’s Planning and Transport Committee has objected to plans, except the felling of one dead tree.

Coun Nic Best said: “I strongly object. The hornbeam is a rare tree and Southgate Mews was built around the trees. As people bought their property or rented their property knowing the trees were there I don’t think they should have the right to remove them.

“They have put the buildings among the trees, not the other way round, so the trees should get priority.”

Coun Ken Brown added: “It is that the buildings are too close to the trees, not the other way round.”

However, Coun Ian Lindley said: “There is a proposal to plant more suitable trees for a small garden. I strongly support this to make the house more habitable.”

The committee voted to object to the proposal, which will be determined by Northumberland County Council.