Fenland ‘nuisance’ trees given a leaf-line by councillors

A ROW of trees described as a nuisance for pedestrians have been protected by councillors.

The four lime trees in Claygate, Whittlesey, which were at threat of removal, were preserved by members of Fenland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

Claygate resident Valerie Matthews told councillors that people had to duck underneath branches to get past and that falling leaves make the pavement slippery. They also block the sunlight from the front of her home.

But councillors felt the trees were worthy of protection and approved a Tree Preservation Order.

Councillors also decided to inspect a sycamore tree in Tavistock Road, Wisbech, which planning officers also want to preserve.

Officers believe the tree makes a “significant contribution to the character and amenity of the area”.

James England had applied to remove the tree from his garden which, he claims, is diseased and overcrowds a lime tree in Clarkson Avenue.

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Mr England, who has a degree in Plant Physiology, described the preservation application as a “knee-jerk” reaction to his planning application.

He said: “The Sycamore is actually of little landscape value and detracts from the character and amenity of the area.”