Two trees in Newport conservation area were chopped down in ‘error’ by contractors for the council

PUBLISHED: 11:34 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:34 28 June 2018

Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport. Picture: Saffron Photo

Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport. Picture: Saffron Photo

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Two lime trees were removed at Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport after a report incorrectly stated that the trees were outside a conservation area.

A spokesman for Uttlesford District Council said: “We are aware of the recent felling of two lime trees within the conservation area in Bury Water Lane, Newport. An arboricultural report associated with the development of a new school block had recommended the felling of these trees because of their poor form, however, the report incorrectly stated that the trees were outside the conservation area.

“It is the council’s opinion that had prior notification of intent to fell these trees been given it is unlikely that they would have been considered to have been of an amenity value worthy of being made subjects of a tree preservation order.

“Three new lime trees are proposed to be planted to replace the two felled”.

Essex County Council confirmed that the trees were removed by contractors in ‘error’.

A spokesman for Essex County Council said: “Contractors for the county council removed the two trees, which as UDC later confirmed, were within the conservation area. This was an error, as the contractors had identified the trees as being outside the conservation area. The removal of the trees, however, was done on the basis that they were badly formed and were displaying defects that would compromise their long-term retention.

“The planning permission for the new block at Joyce Frankland Academy at Newport did require replacement planting along Bury Water Lane, and the development will include three replacement lime trees in the proposed landscaping.”

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