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Council gets to the root of tree problem

A SITUATION which stumped Solihull Council has finally been resolved.

A SITUATION which stumped Solihull Council has finally been resolved.

Last winter, the authority decided to chop down a row of trees in Reservoir Road, Olton. But workmen had a problem in removing the roots, because they were close to British Telecom’s utility cables.

Work was halted last Christmas and barriers were put up around the remaining stumps. After a seven-month wait, the delicate task of finishing the job has finally got under way.

Many residents have been frustrated by the lengthy delay, while others had questioned the decision to remove the trees in the first place.

One homeowner, who did not want to be named, said: “Many of us were upset to see the trees go, especially as the The Woodland Trust has recently launched a campaign to save urban trees under threat from the the sort of Health and Safety reasons the council gave us.”

Reasons given for cutting down the greenery included the limited access for wheelchairs and the problems that roots were causing beneath the pavement.

Gemma Shryane, spokeswoman for Solihull Council, said: “There have been a few problems with the wires being a bit close to the roots.

“We’ve been in talks with BT and we’ve now completed work on one side of the road and hope to do the other side within the next week.”

It is thought that new saplings will be planted along the road once the work is complete.



Cathrina Hulse
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