Friday, 24 November 2017

Ash tree faces axe for safety

AN ash tree by Watlington sports pavilion is be cut down despite the reluctance of the parish council.

AN ash tree by Watlington sports pavilion is be cut down despite the reluctance of the parish council.

Beechwood Estates, which owns the land, has told the council that the tree has to be felled for safety reasons and because it might have ash dieback disease.

John Errington, estate manager, said: “Liability in this situation is very ambiguous and if there is the slightest possibility of Beechwood Estates being liable for the ash tree, then we insist on its removal.

“We are sorry to be negative about the tree’s future but given its condition, the extreme weather we have had (and are forecast to get) and the possibility it might have Chalara fraxinea, we feel there is no other course of action.”

Parish councillors had hoped the tree could be pollarded instead.

Councillor Robert Barber said: “I feel that we have got no choice, which I think is very sad. It is with great reluctance I will see the tree go.”

Councillor Robert Barber said: “I feel that we have got no choice, which I think is very sad. It is with great reluctance I will see the tree go.”

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