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 News Stories

07:00
Cllr Wes Streeting, cabinet member for health and wellbeing

Another new deal has been struck by Redbridge Council to allow swimmers to use a school pool for swimming lessons.

Yesterday, 19:00
Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena leaves Southwark Crown Court. Picture: PA

A doctor from Clayhall accused of carrying out female genital mutilation on a mother said he thinks it is an “abhorrent practice” and is “deeply embarrassed”, a court heard.

Yesterday, 18:18
NHS unions have called off industrial action

NHS trade unions have suspended industrial action due to take place across London on Thursday.

Yesterday, 14:19
Rabbi Sufrin speaking at the Holocaust Memorial service at Holocaust Memorial Garden in Valentines Park in Ilford

The fallout of the Paris terror attacks could be clearly felt as faith leaders, councillors and school children marked Holocaust Memorial Day today (Tuesday).

Most read news

Fans of cool pictures of fire – this one’s for you.

Have you noticed lots of ladies with smudged lippie on social media lately? Find out why they’re deliberately committing a make-up faux pas.

Emergency declared as blizzard is expected to dump up to 24 inches of snow.

With 100 days to go until the General Election we decided to give it a try.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder