Trees could have come down in storms next to cycling path, says company

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TREES felled next to a popular cycling route were a danger to the public, a company has said.

LiveLink got planning permission from Havant Borough Council to chop down a horse chestnut and sycamore next to offices at the former Town End House building in Havant, which is next to the Hayling Billy Trail.

The application had caused some controversy as critics said it was in a conservation area and the trees were worth saving.

Chris Condrup, general manager of the company, said: ‘Various members of the council ​and a structural engineer ​visited the site and saw ​for themselves ​how​, for instance, ​the ​closest tree had begun to ​cause​​​ structural damage to the building.​

‘​Therefore, bearing in mind this and the many other reasons for the works, they approved the ​tree works planning ​application.​

‘In fact, when the last part of the work was undertaken, it ​became evident that tree was rotten and ​the tree surgeon ​said it had become a danger to the pedestrian walkway beside it.​

‘​So we were thankful that had been removed before anyone was injured as a result of storm Abigail and the like.’

Mr Condrup added: ‘LiveLink ​would like to thank those many people who wrote in with their support for all our hard work to develop and bring up to a high standard the premises and grounds alongside the Billy Line, which had been neglected for some years.’