North Yorkshire County Council has begun extensive maintenance on more than 100 trees in Stepney Road, Scarborough.
Working closely with Scarborough Borough Council, the County Council has identified 125 trees of various species, including sycamore and horse chestnut, for remedial works. The work includes the lifting of crowns to increase the clearance between the ground level and the lower branches, crown thinning and removal of all dead, dying and diseased wood within the canopy of the trees.
Among the 125 trees identified, 17 have are to be removed because of defects or because they are in a state of decline, showing poor health. Statutory notification details have been posted on these trees.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “We are always very reluctant to remove trees and only trees that could potentially cause harm to the travelling public are considered for removal.
“Wherever possible we consider replanting. However, planting trees in locations where we have had to remove trees is not always acceptable under the constraints laid down in the Highways Act. In those circumstances, alternative locations for planting are found.”