Axed trees spark row

Dry Clough Lane, Halifax: chopped down trees
Dry Clough Lane, Halifax: chopped down trees
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Council chiefs have defended a decision to axe trees in a residential street in Halifax.

Several trees were chopped down in Dry Clough Lane, Skircoat Green, sparking outrage from residents.

Calderdale Council insisted it was the right action to take. They said: “The trees caused the pavement to become uneven. The problem roots cannot be removed, as this would compromise the stability of the trees. The only safe solution was to cut down the trees.”

A Halifax resident wrote to the Courier: “It was a shocking and sad sight. I understand some trees may cause problems to the pathway but most pathways are in good order.”

Calderdale Councillor Pauline Nash (Lib Dem Skircoat) said: “I hope the trees will be replaced or removed completely as they present a danger.” A council spokeswoman said: “The stumps have remained as staff were redirected to other activities during the bad weather.”

Repair and resurfacing works are due to continue.