Civic chiefs insist felled tree at centre of controversy was not protected

Civic chiefs insist felled tree at centre of controversy was not protected

Civic chiefs insist felled tree at centre of controversy was not protected

First published in Winchester

CIVIC bosses have confirmed that an ash tree which was cut down in Winchester city centre did not have a tree preservation order on it.

Hyde Street resident Professor Nigel Wood had expressed his frustration after tree surgeons brought down the mature ash tree in Hyde Close.

C&D Trees had applied to Winchester City Council to take down the tree six weeks earlier and had received no reply saying they couldn't.

A spokesman from Winchester City Council said: “On this occasion it was concluded that this ash was visible from the public domain - however, from a minor road. It was located in a relatively small garden and, as it had the potential to grow quite large, it was not considered a suitable tree species for the location in the long-term.

“It was not considered expedient to serve a tree preservation order in response to this notification.

“No objection was raised and the six-week time frame lapsed. C&D Trees were therefore able to proceed with its removal.”

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