Large, unbalanced, trees need to be checked for safety
At least one large tree has been blown over by the high winds today. It is reported to be blocking a road near Elvington.
The incident has produced a renewed call for the Council to lop some of its older highway trees.
Tree detritus has been falling on passers by in Wetherby Road
Residents in streets like Wetherby Road and (little) Green Lane have previously called on the Council to lop – or maybe pollard – overgrown trees. They have had little response.
Trees in Wetherby Road were shedding small branches yesterday.
Some trees in Ridgeway have been pruned this week
Contractors were undertaking minor works nearby in Ridgeway but larger trees were being left.
In due course high sided vehicles are likely to impact overgrowing branches.
Trees on Parliament Street have been pollarded
The council has pollarded trees on Parliament Street. They will grown back quickly, but to a scale in line with the function of the street.
Some ward committees have allocated funds for lopping work but non of it appears to have been spent to reduce the hazards caused by large,old trees.
Any work must be competed before the start of the bird nesting season.
Most residents, who responded to a survey conducted by local Councillors, said that they wanted the trees in little Green Lane (Acomb) lopped.
The trees hadn’t received any maintenance by the City of York Council for over 20 years. Now some are interfering with communication wires and several are blocking street lights.
Councillors have arranged to meet local residents on Tuesday 26th September st 5:45pm on the bridge at the school end of Green Lane.
It is hoped that a consensus will be developed on precisely how much work needs to be undertaken on each tree (there are about a dozen in the street)
It is hoped that a tree expert will be present at the site meeting, and later at the Ward committee meeting (see below), when the crisis in tree management in the ward will be discussed.
The Ward Committee has allocated over £3000 to pay for urgent works required to trim trees and remove self seeded bushes which are causing problems in parts of the Westfield area. This work is best undertaken in late autumn so decisions need to be taken quickly.