Castle Bromwich locals have been granted permission to trim protected trees despite warnings that it will open them up to disease.
Residents in Castle Hills Drive had applied to tidy up their street by reducing nine trees along the neighbouring Old Birmingham Road, currently under tree protection orders, for a 10-20 per cent reduction.
But last week’s planning committee heard the application had been recommended for refusal by a tree officer who claimed cutting back the greenery would leave it open to infection.
However, Coun Glenis Slater (Lib Dem, Elmdon) said she was disappointed with the officer’s recommendation. “It’s very, very clear that the residents love these trees and take a great pride in their community.”
Coun Stuart Davis (Con, St Alphege) said he was “somewhat confused” by the tree officer’s comment and welcomed the community’s efforts to improve their area.