Nottinghamshire County Council are proposing to fell ten perfectly healthy mature trees in Stapleford to create a new cycle lane, despite the fact that there is plenty of space next to the trees for the lane to pass them by.
The County Council had not discussed the plans with anyone. Lib Dem County Councillor Steve Carr said:
“Stapleford is represented by Conservative and Labour County Councillors, but we’ve not heard a word about this proposal from either party. The first residents knew about these plans was when big red crosses appeared on the trees. It’s been left to the Liberal Democrats and independent councillors to find out what is going on.”
The trees are directly opposite the home of Broxtowe Mayor and independent borough councillor Richard Macrae, but even he hadn’t been notified about the plans.
Lib Dem climate change spokesperson Cllr David Watts said:
“To suggest the best way to create an eco-cycle way is by chopping down lots of mature trees is bonkers. To try and do it without even telling local people is a disgrace. When we challenged the county council they gave us two stories, one being that it was for the cycle lane and the other that it was to improve visibility on Ilkeston Road. These trees don’t obstruct the visibility on Ilkeston Road at all. They are set well back from the road and there is plenty of room to put a cycle lane between them and the road.”
Cllr Carr added:
“We’re calling on the County Council to abandon this plan immediately.”