Search

TfL plans to cut down Woodford Green trees despite council recommendations

08:30 10 January 2013

Resident in Kings Avenue including Rab Hashem (right) joined Cllr Jim O

Resident in Kings Avenue including Rab Hashem (right) joined Cllr Jim O'Shea (third from left) in raising concerns about TfL works

Archant

Trees in Woodford Green earmarked for protection by Redbridge Council may still be cut down by Transport for London (TfL).

TfL is working on the Central Line next to Kings Avenue to stabilise the embankment and line.

Residents won a concession from TfL to visit the site with the council to earmark trees, some of them oak trees which are more than 100 years old, for protection.

A TfL spokesman said: “The local authority tree officer highlighted the trees that he hoped we would be able to retain, but the majority of these are very close to where we need to work.

“While we may be able to avoid damaging the tree trunks, it is probable that the roots would become damaged, causing the tree to die or become unstable and a risk to the railway.”

Transport bosses say the engineering works can only go ahead once vegetation and dozens of mature trees have been cleared.

Residents, backed by MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, Iain Duncan Smith, raised concerns about the work last month, including the likely noise and impact on house prices.

TfL began felling last Wednesday and will continue for the next four weeks.

The spokesman said: “We will retain as many trees as possible.”

Rab Hashem, of Kings Avenue, said: “It’s horrendous, it’s not good news. I’ve got some beautiful trees behind my house. I will be pressing them for more concessions.”

The TfL spokesman said: “After completing the work we will devise a planting scheme and work with the local authority to address residents’ needs.”

A Redbridge Council spokesman said: “The council submitted site visit notes indicating which trees it would most like to see retained.

“However, ultimately the decision as to which trees are retained sits with London Underground as it has the legal right to carry out certain railway works.”

0 comments

Latest Ilford News Stories

Hainault Forest Country Park. Police are objecting to a Lithuanian festival being held there after

Police officers have asked for Redbridge Council to block a Lithuanian midsummer festival out of fear for children’s safety, papers show.

23 minutes ago
The Met Office has issued a weather warning

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as heavy rain hits the south east.

Yesterday, 20:48
Police were called to a robbery in High Street, Barkingside. Picture: Google Street View

Police have launched an investigation after Pizza Hut employees were robbed at knifepoint this morning.

Yesterday, 15:00
The Barkingside-based Valentine Singers performing in Oxford.

A choir is set to mark the Queen’s birthday with a concert paying homage to the music spanning her lifetime.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe