So angry that tree barrier has been felled
I AM writing in response to the neighbourhood news article (The Herald January 31) about what I can only dub 'The Great Plymouth Chainsaw Massacre' of the line of mature trees fronting the south side of Plymouth Parkway by the Highways Agency.
I fully support the comments made by my neighbours Val and Ian Smith and Cllr Richard Ball at this act of vandalism which has blighted the lives of the immediate residents. The result of this drastic clearance has exposed the immediate environment to increased vehicle noise and potentially the more harmful spread of exhaust particulates because of the filtration factor of the foliage itself. The trees also acted as a green lung in the absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere and replacement by oxygen. Is this yet another example of a so-called caring government riding roughshod over Plymouth residents and making a mockery of their green credentials?
These mature trees not only acted as an efficient screen but they were also a habitat for the diverse wildlife in this area.
Why were the residents and Plymouth City Council not consulted prior to the works being carried out and more importantly the scale? At least this could have invited feedback about the residents concerns and indicated the strength of feeling. I dispute the Highway Agency's response that the trees did not act as a sound barrier because it is immediately noticeable to me that there is an increase in noise and this is in a period before the holiday season starts.
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I understand our local MP and The Department of Transport have now been informed and that a petition is being raised locally amongst the residents with the hope of a meeting being set up with relevant agencies and the residents to agree on some sort of damage limitation exercise. I urge concerned residents to attend if this comes to fruition.