Fradley residents angered after power company cuts down trees

The tree stumps left behind in Fradley

The tree stumps left behind in Fradley

Fradley residents have been angered after two trees were chopped down near St Stephen’s Church.

The trees, which were planted in 1977 to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, were removed on May 12 by tree surgeons on behalf of power company E.on.

Any trees in Fradley which might interfere with power cables have been removed, leaving just stumps where the two trees stood on the grassy triangle at the junction of Church Lane and Old Hall Lane.

Parish council chairman Mike Wilcox stated that he had received no advance notification of the forthcoming works and, in his view, E.on had exercised its statutory powers in a very arbitrary manner.

He added:

“This is a failure in communication in a very sensitive situation affecting the appearance of the village.”

The parish council has now been promised that replacement trees will be planted on the triangle and councillors will be consulted on the type of replacement.

An E.on spokesman sad that the company had statutory powers to deal with potentially dangerous trees. In this case, although the trees were healthy, it was feared that “children might climb the trees and reach the power cables”.

The trees were among 200 acquired from Staffordshire County Council by Richard Miller-Yardley, who was at that time a parish councillor, to replenish Fradley’s diminished supply of trees.

Some residents believe that now is the time for the Parish Council to examine the trees in Fradley with a view to trying to get the oldest ones preserved for posterity. In particular, there is great anxiety about the eventual fate of a huge, ancient chestnut tree opposite the school that has for generations furnished conkers for Fradley’s children.

One resident said:

“Allowing that one to be reduced to a hacked stump and a pile of sawdust would probably be regarded as totally unforgiveable.”

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1 Comment

  1. Beth Jones

    18th May, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    There are surely other less drastic alternatives that could have helped protect Fradley’s tree climbing children – simply cutting the tree’s upper braches, or fencing perhaps? I would encourage E.on to answer why this was not even considered given the emphasis the rest of society is giving to preserving our environment. Disgusting, a bulldoze attitude that E.on should be extremely ashamed of.