DCSIMG

250 trees chopped down for sake of road safety

GONE ... the cleared Lindisfarne roundabout. Inset, a readers picture of the trees which have been cut down.

GONE ... the cleared Lindisfarne roundabout. Inset, a readers picture of the trees which have been cut down.

MORE than 200 trees have been chopped down at a major road junction in South Tyneside to safeguard motorists, councillors and transport officials have said.

Concerns about the trees creating a hazard in high winds sparked the action at Lindisfarne roundabout, linking the A19 and A194 roads in Jarrow.

Some Gazette readers complained about the tree removal, accusing South Tyneside Council of “decimating” mature trees and of “ruining another decent roundabout” at a time of cuts.

But the action to remove 250 leylandi trees was actually carried out by the Highways Agency, following road safety concerns.

Coun Ken Stephenson, chairman of Jarrow and Boldon community area forum, said: “This work needed to be done, because there was the potential for trees to break off or be blown down in high winds.”

A Highways Agency spokesman confirmed that dozens of leylandi trees at the busy junction represented “a hazard in strong winds”, with some branches already being strewn over the carriageway.

Kyle Maylard, project manager for the Highways Agency, said: “Mature leylandi trees at the roundabout, due to their size, have become dangerous in high winds and need to be removed for the safety of road users.

“A number of branches have snapped and broken off in the recent strong winds. We will also be clearing dense scrub, which traps litter and debris, looks unsightly, and attracts anti-social behaviour.

“We will be replacing the trees with deciduous varieties, and the trees will not be planted until later in the year.”

The work at Lindisfarne roundabout was carried out this week, with no disruption to traffic.

Twitter: @terrykelly16

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page