Controversial moves to destroy four ‘historic’ trees that stand within Walsall Highgate Brewery’s conservation area are up for discussion by town planners.
Proposals to cut down the sycamores, which stand at the rear of Drayman Close and adjacent to garages serving nearby Emery Close, have met with mixed reactions from neighbouring residents.
Walsall Council said it had received a number of letters in favour of felling the trees alongside a signed petition voting to save them.
One resident of Drayman Close, who did not wish to be named, said: “These trees grow considerably every year and the branches get nearer the houses and are a danger to damaging the fence to the close.
“They have deprived our house of light and a living lawn. Paintwork on vehicles has been damaged and patio furniture destroyed. The gardens are littered with flowers, leaves, twigs, seeds and greenfly and it’s difficult to grow grass and plants.
“These trees are a nuisance. We can no longer park cars along the fence side of the car park and washing can’t be dried in the garden,” added the resident.
A Walsall Council spokesman said: “This particular area is located within the Highgate Conservation Area and is part of the Listed Building status for Highgate Brewery.
“The precise boundary of the rear gardens is undetermined at this stage as there is a double fence line and therefore the ownership of the trees is also undetermined at present.”
In a letter objecting to the plans, another resident said: “These sycamore trees are in good health. They make a significant contribution to the amenity, aesthetic and landscape value of the area and also support a range of wildlife.
“They provide a useful amount of screening between the properties in Drayman Close and Emery Close and I feel there may even be an impact on flooding in the area if the trees are removed.”
Town planners will consider the options of either approving or refusing the measures at their next meeting.