Resident’s plea to save trees from the chop

Annan Drive. Sara McCann raised concerns about treesbeing cut down at the side of her home'Photo Emma Mitchell'5/6/12
Annan Drive. Sara McCann raised concerns about treesbeing cut down at the side of her home'Photo Emma Mitchell'5/6/12

A WORRIED woman fears her home will become a target for youth disorder if more trees are cut down.

East Dunbartonshire Council has already taken down a number of trees next to Annan Drive, in Bearsden, and plan to chop down the rest.

But resident Sara McCann says there is no need to cut down healthy trees and is worried that the screening they provide for her property will be lost.

The 29-year-old said: “At the start of the week my husband and I were sitting in the back garden with friends when some young people started throwing stones from the bare patch where the trees usd to be.

“There was this sudden barrage of stones.

“It was pretty frightening and we called the police.

“It makes me really nervous. The more trees they take away the worse it’s going to get. We’ve already had problems with youth disorder in the lane running along the side of our house.”

FALLEN

Sara added: “I understand the necessity to remove trees that have fallen and are over hanging from the culvert area as these constitute a flood risk.

“But what I do have an issue with is the removal of perfectly healthy and sound trees.”

Sara is also concerned that removing the trees will increase the noise level from the main road, impact on wildlife in the area and reduce the value of properties.

David Devine, the council’s head of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “Fallen trees within the Gascadden Burn posed a risk of blocking the culvert screen at the Kinfauns culvert and potentially flooding properties upstream at Annan Drive and Conon Avenue, Bearsden.

“To remove fallen trees, access was required for health and safety reasons. This resulted in some surrounding trees and vegetation being cut back or removed.

“However, it is intended that the council re-visit the site during the planting season to plant new trees to enhance the area and ensure regular maintenance of this watercourse corridor.”