RIVERSIDE residents’ views remain blocked by the trees after a plea to South Tyneside Council to rethink its woodland policy was rejected.
The local authority received a petition earlier this year signed by 473 people calling for trees to be felled or pruned.
It asked for the “removal of badly-overgrown, mostly self-seeded trees” and shrubs from the northernmost part of North Marine Park, leading down the embankment to River Drive.
The petition claimed the trees were “restricting the view for residents and visitors”.
However, the council’s riverside community area forum has rejected that call to review its policy on trees.
The decision came after members were told the pruning of trees – known as topping – is bad practice and is not considered a reasonable form of tree management in the council’s tree and woodland policy,
At the forum meeting, Coun John Anglin put forward a motion to reconsider that policy, but it was rejected.
Coun Anglin said: “I proposed that we look at the tree policy again, but nobody wanted to go down that route.
“The only way to get views for these residents was to cut down many, many trees.
“It could be seen that, under the current policy, it is too difficult to cut down any healthy tree in the borough.”