Trees cut down

REPLACEMENT trees will be planted in Morpeth after two of them were cut down in Dacre Street.

Northumberland County Council took the action as it said the chestnut trees were diseased and could become unsafe.

However, this was disputed by town resident David Mallon, who said: “My fear is that more of these trees will be cut down in stages and it would be a shame as they are a lovely feature in Dacre Street.”

Council Head of Highways and Neighbourhood Services, Andy Rutherford, said: “Regrettably we had to remove these trees on Dacre Street because they are diseased and could become unsafe.”

“It is never nice to have to remove trees, but in line with the council’s policy we will plant at least two trees for each one we have had to take down.”

The new trees will not necessarily be put in the same locations, but they will be planted in the Morpeth area.