Hatfield man furious over tree felling in town centre

PUBLISHED: 16:36 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:48 24 January 2017

Some trees in Hatfield's Market Place will be felled in the next few weeks

Some trees in Hatfield's Market Place will be felled in the next few weeks

Danny Loo Photography 2017

A Hatfield man is furious after the borough council started chopping down trees outside his flat.

Queensway House resident William Bailey, whose flat overlooks Market Place, is fuming after work to fell four trees in Market Place began yesterday.

He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We have had these trees in the Market Place for 60 years, and to just cut them down is very upsetting.

“They shouldn’t be allowed to do it.”

The 50-year-old added they could be trimmed rather than cut to ensure people felt safe.

However, a Welwyn Hatfield Council spokeswoman said: “The tree removal will improve visibility around Market Place, making it a lighter and more open space for residents, shoppers and businesses.

“It is in response to concerns raised by the community about their safety and has been recommended by the borough’s Community Safety Partnership and Joint Agency Group, which includes the police.

“We do recognise the important role of trees and greenery and have made sure we keep as many as we can to help create a pleasant space for all, including four of the large London Planes.”

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