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Councillor Davod Harrison

Destruction of trees in Shirley and Totton

Destruction of trees in Shirley and Totton, photograph courtesy of the Daily Echo
Destruction of trees in Shirley and Totton, photograph Daily Echo

I have written to Lidl Stores asking for an explanation behind the destruction of trees outside the Totton Store.

It seems like too much of a co-incidence because last week, the company also destroyed trees protected by a Tree Preservation Order in Shirley, Southampton.

Like most people, I like to see trees, especially in urban settings.

With all the effort going into tackling the serious problem of air quality in the area this decision seems to fly in the face of common sense.

In the case of Totton, the trees were on privately owned land and not protected by a TPO, so the company can get away with it legally and don’t even have to warn or seek permission from the local authority.

The first I learned about the loss of the trees was after they had been cut down.

On occasion, it is necessary to remove trees because of problems with tree roots or even sap damaging car surfaces.

I will be interested in hearing the official reason from the company as to why they have taken this action.

If it turns out this was a decision taken by the store bosses, It’s not the best publicity for a store seeking to attract our custom!

Further information can be read on the Daily Echo website

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