VOTE: High Salvington trees face the axe

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SEVEN “eyesore” trees at High Salvington are to be axed – despite a bid to save them by Worthing Borough Council’s tree officer.

The council’s planning committee has approved the felling of five Monterey cypress trees, one Corsican pine and one pittosporum at the frontage of 2 Hayling Rise after applicant Mr P. Donaldson said the trees had no amenity value.

Mr Donaldson was supported by High Salvington Residents’ Association, which said: “The trees concerned have been an eyesore for some considerable time.”

Objecting to the application, the borough aboriculturist said: “It is considered that the removal of the whole group of trees, which are a prominent, established feature having significant public amenity value, would be detrimental to the character and visual amenities of the area.”

The committee imposed a condition that suitable replacement trees would have to be planted, and these would have to be approved by the council.

Do you think it is right to cut the trees down? Cast your vote in the panel to the right of the screen, and leave your comments below.