COUNCILLORS opposing the chopping down of six mature trees to build a car park at allotments in Fulwell were left angered when surgeons stated removing them.
Fulwell Councillor George Howe and Tory colleague Coun John Wiper arrived at Shields Road Allotments on Saturday morning after being tipped off by residents.
They confronted allotment secretary Ian Hornsley in the road outside and had a lively discussion as workers started cutting branches from the trees.
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.
Neighbours have hit out, despite not making representations during the statutory consultation period.
Sunderland City Council said it complied with the statutory consultation period and notified all required parties, but Coun Howe maintains he did not receive a copy of the application.
Coun George Howe told the Echo: “This is an ongoing situation. I represent a number of residents, who do not want to see these trees go.
“These are allotments, they are growing things in there. Why grow things and cut other things down? There is plenty of carparking there already. It is adequate.”
Allotment secretary Ian Hornsley said: “This was approved by the council as a means of preventing the ground getting turned up by cars.
“We can’t stop people parking on the grass so the only alternative then to us was to cut down the trees to create a car park.
“We were originally going to cut down eight trees, but this has been reduced to six. Two were interfering with the fence line and the others would have their roots damaged by the works.”
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