TfL delay tree removal after resident backlash

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: L-R, residents Mariam Hashem, Mohsena Begum, Susan Fletcher, Frances Lamden, Colin Leverett, John Hodgson and Rab Hashem beside the tube line. L-R, residents Mariam Hashem, Mohsena Begum, Susan Fletcher, Frances Lamden, Colin Leverett, John Hodgson and Rab Hashem beside the tube line.

PLANS to chop down dozens of mature trees from a railway embankment have been put on hold after a last-minute meeting.

Homeowners living in Kings Avenue, Woodford Green demanded a meeting with Transport for London after being given just 10 days notice of the work on the section of track which borders their gardens.

And after discussions with TfL and a representative of local MP Iain Duncan Smith, the work has been delayed.

TfL say it is necessary to cut down most of the trees so that a piled wall can be put in place to secure the embankment.

But residents say the woodland provides a natural screen from the Central line tracks and fear the value of their homes will be hit by the work.

Following yesterday’s meeting TfL have agreed to a walkthrough of the woodland with a representative of Redbridge’s tree protection department and local residents before any trees are chopped down.

Kings Avenue resident Rab Hachem, said: “They are still going to start removing undergrowth on Monday, but they have said no trees will be chopped down until a consultation has been completed.”

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10:22am Sun 9 Dec 12

UKIP-local says...

Residents should beware.

Trees were removed on the line up to Epping and extensive works were carried out, including piling and gabions. The trains still rock around so much it is often impossible to stand without holding on and reading is all but impossible even when seated.

Years ago I used to be able to work on the tube but it is so rough a journey these days and so crowded, that it is impossible to do so.
Residents should beware. Trees were removed on the line up to Epping and extensive works were carried out, including piling and gabions. The trains still rock around so much it is often impossible to stand without holding on and reading is all but impossible even when seated. Years ago I used to be able to work on the tube but it is so rough a journey these days and so crowded, that it is impossible to do so. UKIP-local

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