Preservation orders may be revoked next week which protect a group of 45ft-high pine trees within an Elgin housing estate.
Moray Council officers claim that the mature pines in the Reiket Lane area of town are not suitable for the location and are in a poor condition.
They argue the trees pose a risk to both people and property – and that any potential management plan would not work.
Permission is now being sought to cut down the trees by Waulkmill Grove and behind Barlink Road and Reynolds Crescent and relandscape the area.
A report to next Tuesday’s meeting of Moray Council’s planning and regulatory services committee states: “It is considered necessary to revoke the tree preservation orders.
“While it is regrettable that mature trees will be lost, expert advice concludes that measures have to be taken in order to enhance this area for the long-term safety of the residents and provide an improved and attractive area of open space more appropriate for this setting.”
The report adds that the area has some long-standing issues related to loss of daylight and falling branches.