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Neighbours fight to save trees from the axe

Councillors George Howe and Bob Francis with residents angry over the council's decision to cut down 8 trees to make way for parking outside Shields Road Allotments.

Councillors George Howe and Bob Francis with residents angry over the council's decision to cut down 8 trees to make way for parking outside Shields Road Allotments.

RESIDENTS have been angered by plans to chop down six mature trees to make way for parking.

The trees at the Shields Road allotments will be removed so that additional parking bays can be added to the Fulwell site.

Planning permission was granted back in April, although consent was not needed to fell the trees as they are not protected by Tree Preservation Orders.

However, neighbours have hit out.

Sunderland City Council said it complied with the statutory consultation period and notified all required parties, but Fulwell ward councillor George Howe maintains he did not receive a copy of the application.

“These are mature trees and I think it’s a disgrace to cut them down to provide a few parking spaces,” Coun Howe said.

“I never got a copy of the consultation. It’s a waste of trees and I will be objecting on environmental health grounds.”

Twelve parking spaces will be spread across both sides of the entrance track, while 23 spaces will be created within the site.

Cabinet secretary Mel Speding said: “This planning application, like all others received, was subject to a statutory period of public consultation.

“Letters were sent to the occupiers of 30 nearby properties. The three ward councillors were also informed of the development. In addition, a public notice was displayed at the entrance to the site.

“No representations were received either during the consultation period, or for the remainder of the application process.

“The council understands that some residents and two of the ward councillors have raised concerns following the grant of planning permission, and will seek to address any specific concerns which may be raised by any of these complainants.

“However, it is considered that the planning application was given full consideration and that all statutory consultation and other requirements have been fulfilled.”

 

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