03/072017 – Removal of Trees in Nightingale Road

We have been contacted by a number of local residents who were concerned about what appeared to be the unnecessary removal of three trees in Nightingale Road. This was done without any consultation with or notification to either local residents or local Councillors.

We contacted Surrey County Council (SCC) officers about this, and they have now confirmed that these trees were felled on their specific instructions because, on a recent inspection, it was found that they were seriously diseased, to the extent that they could not be regarded as safe. The Council’s tree inspectors reported that the trees had Aerial Decay, bark wounds (with decay entry points), and that fungus was present on the trees’ branches, trunks and roots.

The residents would like the trees replaced, as they were an important part of the character of the road, but SCC have insisted that they have no funds within their budget to pay for replacement. MRA Councillors support the replacement of these trees, and are now investigating other possible funding sources, and we will keep the local residents informed of progress.

Councillor Mike Axton

Molesey Residents Association

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