Potters Bar’s MP airs concern over council’s plan to fell 277 trees

PUBLISHED: 11:23 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 08 March 2017

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden

Potters Bar's MP Oliver Dowden


Potters Bar’s MP has raised concerns over the county council’s plans to fell 277 trees on around 50 roads in the town.

The proposals sparked outrage among residents, and Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden has urged the authority to replace the trees on a like-for-like basis.

He said: “One of the great things about living in Hertsmere is our wonderful green spaces, of which trees are an immense and indispensable part.

“I know many people are concerned about the loss of these trees.

“I understand that the council has a duty to fell dead or potentially unsafe trees, but residents should be given clear advance notice and they should be replaced on a like-for-like basis.”

Alongside councillor Peter Knell, MP Dowden raised residents’ concerns in a letter to the council, which he said had led to some progress being made.

“I understand that, following my letter, the county council will be replacing all of the felled trees on a one-for-one basis, and that these fellings are necessary for safety reasons to preserve local roads.

“While I am glad to see that the council has taken the points raised by myself and others on board, I remain concerned over the nature of the replacements that will be made.

“Obviously exchanging a fully-grown, well-established tree with a new sapling of a different species, which does not fit the local environment, is not a like-for-like replacement.

“I will be working with Cllr Knell and others to make sure that appropriate replacements are made and that our local environment is preserved for future generations.”

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