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Firm to meet residents on trees fears.

BIRMINGHAM'S road repairs firm has promised to consult with residents over fears that mature chestnut trees lining a suburban street could be chopped down.

Householders in Chesterwood Road, Billesley, were told that extensive repairs to pavements along their leafy street might lead to the removal of the mature trees and replacement with a more durable, lower maintenance variety.

Resident Bill Voisey has now called for the trees to be covered by a preservation order to prevent their removal.

He said: "We were told Birmingham City Council and Amey propose to cut down all the large, healthy chestnut trees and grow a smaller, more manageable variety in their place.

"At a time when ash trees are being wiped out, why must we intentionally chop down healthy Chesterwood Road horse chestnut trees?" He added: "Residents do not wish to see magnificent healthy trees destroyed."

The council's highways contractor, which is working on a major programme of upgrading and improving roads and pavements throughout the city until 2015, said that it has no plans to chop the trees down - but did not rule out doing so in future.

A spokeswoman for Amey said: "Depending on the type of treatment which is decided upon, a number of trees may have to be removed but residents and councillors will be consulted before we do any work."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 26, 2012
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