December 9 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Friday, September 27, 2013
Nearly 100 trees will be planted in Ilford roads over the next year in as part of Boris Johnson’s plan for greener streets.
Members of Redbridge Council’s area committee seven suggested roads that could benefit from a leafy outlook.
Cowley Road will be lined with 40 trees, Granville Road with 22, St Andrews Road with 21 and Redcliffe Gardens with 15.
Thorold Road, Melbourne Road and Montreal Road are also being considered but other streets suggested by councillors were turned down because of wires and pipes underneath pavements.
Speaking at Tuesday’s area seven committee meeting at Highlands Primary School, Highlands Gardens, Ilford, Cllr Aziz Choudhury said he “welcomed” the initiative but was concerned about the possibility of having to pay thousands if Mayor of London funding did not come through.
The committee is already spending £4,000 on the £31,860 scheme. Each tree costs £320.
Chairman Cllr Mushtaq Ahmed resolved to remove part of the report obliging the committee to “directly fund” the trees if needed.
Civil engineering officer Terry Andrews said trees would be chosen that do not have fruit or flowers known to make pavements slippery.