UPDATE: Homefield Preparatory School did not want old Sutton tree cut down

Sutton Guardian: The tree being cut down The tree being cut down

A school next to the spot where one of Sutton's oldest trees was all-but cut down yesterday said it wanted it to stay.

Tree surgeons drastically cut back a towering horse chestnut outside Homefield Preparatory School in Western Road, Sutton, yesterday.

Sutton Council ordered the work because the tree was decaying and there was a risk of branches falling off.

Now Homefield Prep has said it is disappointed to see the loss of the tree.

A spokesman said: "The council demanded that the tree be cut down. They said it was to do with lines of sight.

"We wanted the tree to stay but the council said it had to go. There is some of it left so hopefully it will grow back."

The tree surgeons arrived to start the work yesterday.

Many neighbours have spoken of their sadness at seeing the tree, which is over 100 years old, being chopped down.

The council has promised to replace the tree with a new one in the autumn or winter.

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5:38pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Noddyblanket says...

Well done! What a waste. Why does everything have to be destroyed! And a waste of tax payers money to boot!
Well done! What a waste. Why does everything have to be destroyed! And a waste of tax payers money to boot! Noddyblanket
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8:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

CPN says...

Noddyblanket wrote:
Well done! What a waste. Why does everything have to be destroyed! And a waste of tax payers money to boot!
"because the tree was decaying and there was a risk of branches falling off." There would soon be complaints, and more of a waste of taxpayer's money, if a branch did fall off and hurt someone (or even caused damage to a car etc)
[quote][p][bold]Noddyblanket[/bold] wrote: Well done! What a waste. Why does everything have to be destroyed! And a waste of tax payers money to boot![/p][/quote]"because the tree was decaying and there was a risk of branches falling off." There would soon be complaints, and more of a waste of taxpayer's money, if a branch did fall off and hurt someone (or even caused damage to a car etc) CPN
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8:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

CPN says...

Noddyblanket wrote:
Well done! What a waste. Why does everything have to be destroyed! And a waste of tax payers money to boot!
"because the tree was decaying and there was a risk of branches falling off." There would soon be complaints, and more of a waste of taxpayer's money, if a branch did fall off and hurt someone (or even caused damage to a car etc)
[quote][p][bold]Noddyblanket[/bold] wrote: Well done! What a waste. Why does everything have to be destroyed! And a waste of tax payers money to boot![/p][/quote]"because the tree was decaying and there was a risk of branches falling off." There would soon be complaints, and more of a waste of taxpayer's money, if a branch did fall off and hurt someone (or even caused damage to a car etc) CPN
  • Score: -1

10:01pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Noddyblanket says...

CPN wrote:
Noddyblanket wrote:
Well done! What a waste. Why does everything have to be destroyed! And a waste of tax payers money to boot!
"because the tree was decaying and there was a risk of branches falling off." There would soon be complaints, and more of a waste of taxpayer's money, if a branch did fall off and hurt someone (or even caused damage to a car etc)
That's what they said yesterday, but today they say;

A spokesman said: "The council demanded that the tree be cut down. They said it was to do with lines of sight.

"We wanted the tree to stay but the council said it had to go. There is some of it left so hopefully it will grow back."

The lines of sight and being rotten are two totally different things. It could have been cut back in that case and not destroyed
[quote][p][bold]CPN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noddyblanket[/bold] wrote: Well done! What a waste. Why does everything have to be destroyed! And a waste of tax payers money to boot![/p][/quote]"because the tree was decaying and there was a risk of branches falling off." There would soon be complaints, and more of a waste of taxpayer's money, if a branch did fall off and hurt someone (or even caused damage to a car etc)[/p][/quote]That's what they said yesterday, but today they say; A spokesman said: "The council demanded that the tree be cut down. They said it was to do with lines of sight. "We wanted the tree to stay but the council said it had to go. There is some of it left so hopefully it will grow back." The lines of sight and being rotten are two totally different things. It could have been cut back in that case and not destroyed Noddyblanket
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9:01pm Fri 13 Jun 14

GreenBrown says...

So which one is it, decay or lines of sight? The usual council stench is emanating.
So which one is it, decay or lines of sight? The usual council stench is emanating. GreenBrown
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