Bay Road: Anger at felling proposals near nature park

BAY ROAD PITCHES. . . .Kingsfort Crescent resident Stephen McMonagle with his daughter Izzi at the 4G pitches on Bay Road this week. Mr. McMonagle is objecting to the  60' Poplar trees being cut down to eradicate falling leaves onto the pitches behind. DER4814MC010
BAY ROAD PITCHES. . . .Kingsfort Crescent resident Stephen McMonagle with his daughter Izzi at the 4G pitches on Bay Road this week. Mr. McMonagle is objecting to the 60' Poplar trees being cut down to eradicate falling leaves onto the pitches behind. DER4814MC010
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Residents have expressed their dismay at a proposal to cut down established trees beside their homes.

Derry City Council has issued letters to local people living in the Bay Road area outlining a request from private developers to fell the Poplar trees because of he potential affect of leaf debris on their pitches.

Mr Canning said that the council has recommended accepting the request, providing the developer pay for removing the trees and “compensatory planting”, while also screening the development from park users and local residents. A further condition is that local residents are fully consulted and agreeable.

Local man Stephen McMonagle from Kingsfort Crescent said he had grave concerns about the impact removing established trees will have on local wildlife and the local landscape.

Mr McMonagle told the Journal: “The trees they are proposing to remove are 60ft, 70ft in height. I would hate to see mature trees being removed from anywhere.”

A spokeswoman for the council said they were in the process of consultation with residents.

She said the removal of the trees was because of their “general condition” and they are “shallow rooted and may pose a hazard to the general public if allowed to remain in their current state”.

“These trees will be replaced with more hardy native species of trees,” she said.

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