Councillors asked to refuse bid to cut down three trees in Burntwood

Councillors are being advised to refuse plans to cut down three protected sycamore trees in Burntwood.

Residents on Springhill Road claim the trees are blocking sunlight and causing slippery surfaces when the leaves fall. Issues with pigeons are also highlighted in the application to Lichfield District Council.

But a report to the local authority’s planning committee meeting on Monday (September 1) says their is “insufficient justification” for the trees to be chopped down.

“It is accepted that the trees will reduce light to the front and rear of the properties to some extent,” the report said. “However the shade cast will move during the day.

“Leaf fall from any species of deciduous tree can be substantial as can the shedding of seeds. However, their removal from gardens is a routine part of property maintenance.

“Pigeons using the trees should not cause undue issues. If their presence is particularly unwelcome, then a competent pest control company should be able to advise effective and lawful solutions to the issue.”

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