Uproar over felled trees

Trees felled in The Avenue, Hipperholme.
Trees felled in The Avenue, Hipperholme.

RESIDENTS will be consulted by Calderdale Council about the next course of action after a row of trees were felled along The Avenue.

Around 30 Hipperholme residents attended the ward forum to express their confusion and conflicting advice over the planned proposals to replace the grass verges and concrete kerbs with macadam.

Residents said they were fed up with it all and had attended the meeting held at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School as a last attempt to get action.

The pavement along The Avenue is currently a mixture of concrete flags, a narrow grassed verge and concrete kerbs.

But over the years stems from tree roots started to break the surface of the flagged pavement, causing what the council described as a hazard.

A few weeks ago a letter was sent to some residents saying the issue would be resolved by pulling up the trees, an action that has now taken place, and putting down concrete. But many of them replied asking for the grass verges and trees replacing and the flags putting back.

A council spokeswoman said: “The Council has been writing to the residents about the options for The Avenue and to ask for their views.”

Resident Stuart Lambert said the trees were the only thing stopping traffic from going down the pavement. “Covering The Avenue is only going to make it easier for the cars to go faster instead of driving at 35mph they can go at 40mph. The Avenue is used as a rat run but covering it is obviously the cheaper option. I think Calderdale Council is just using the tree roots as an excuse.”

Another resident said it would be nice to be asked what they wanted done outside their own homes. And another said: “I don’t understand why they can’t replace the trees with new ones that don’t have big roots. It doesn’t look the same without them. It’s meant to be a leafy, tree-lined avenue.”

Councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipp/Light) was told that the trees would be replaced later this year thanks to Philip Schofield, area manager for the Lower Valley’s Safer, Cleaner, Greener team, who agreed to plant them between November and February.

Councillor Colin Raistrick (Ind, Hipp/Light) has contacted Calderdale Council and was told that letters have been sent out to residents with three options.

He said they will then have a consultation in mid August with residents.