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Elgin trees set to be felled

Press Release   •   Aug 11, 2015 10:16 BST

Councillors have agreed to revoke tree preservation orders on a group of Scots Pine trees on an Elgin housing estate.

Experts have inspected the trees and report that they are in poor condition and are likely to present a risk of falling.

Consultations with the local community will now be undertaken to establish what will replace the trees.

The preservation orders covering the 45ft tall trees apply to an area in front of residential properties in Waulkmill Grove and an area behind Barlink Road, Waulkmill Grove and Reynolds Crescent.

Councillors voted by a majority to revoke the orders by seven votes to five after agreeing to include consultation with local residents and landowners.

During the meeting it emerged that the expert’s report on the poor state of the trees had been obtained in 2010, but no action taken until now due to an overriding priority to produce the local development plan, a five-yearly planning blueprint for Moray.

Head of planning and development services, Jim Grant, said that now the local plan has been completed staff in the section will be bringing other work up to date, including a backlog of tree preservation orders.

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

Comments (4)

    As a resident of Waulkmill i am glad that these trees are to finally be dealt with. Over the years i have saw them become more and more dangerous with large branches falling during winds and snow. Hopefully the areas will be made into a much nicer looking area for all residents in the area.

    - emma - Aug 11, 2015 16:01 BST

    As a resident if waulkmill grove, i must say of the dissapointment of being lied to by both springfield properties and moray council.
    as neighbourhood watch co-ordinator i have been approached by several residents in the last few month with whispers of felling the trees in both wooded areas.. upon contacting both springfield and moray council both denied knowing anything.
    now only finding the truth from the internet.
    It was reported approx 2004/5 time wich resulted in a survey being carried out and the trees tagged with apparent surveys being carried out every two years. Over the years the residents have suffered from car damage, broken sheds , broken fences and branches hitting people. I have even reported a large branch overhanging my garden which has broken and not only briken the fence but also hit one if my children. Moray council came out and admitted it would need to come down but nothing was done!. The trees also interfere wirh tv and sat reception, crow noise and poo everywhere and now seagulls. . They may be nice to look at from other views but as residents we have to deal with the aftermath. I agree plant more suitable trees/shrubs or give us a road so we can park closer to home, with the new link road in the pipeline traffic will run more and faster past and therefore a park in the front will be a bad idea. Suggest to redevelope the existing park into something more sutible for kids of all ages

    - Trevor - Aug 11, 2015 19:49 BST

    Any chance of the trees in the middle oflhanbryde a chop? They just attract crows/black birds, they make an awful noise constantly

    - Barrie - Aug 11, 2015 20:12 BST

    Thanks for your comments. Near neighbours will be notified as to when the felling is to be done, and thereafter a period of consultation with local residents as to what the replacement will be. I'll also put a notice on here when we have the date for felling.
    As to Lhanbryde Barrie, I'm guessing that the first step is to identify the landowner.

    - peter jones - Aug 12, 2015 09:38 BST

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