Victoria Road trees could be axed as £700,000 is stumped up for Saltaire facelift

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Martin love with one of Saltaire’s trees that could be cut down under a new scheme Councillor Martin love with one of Saltaire’s trees that could be cut down under a new scheme

Trees which grace Saltaire’s historic Victoria Road could be axed as part of a £700,000 facelift to be unveiled at the end of the week.

Bradford Council has stumped up cash to tackle various issues along the famous avenue which leads up from Salts Mill – primarily to make it more disability-friendly.

And residents and businesses in Saltaire are being asked to decide the best way to spend the one-off sum for improvements to footways and public areas.

A Council spokesman said: “Over the years Victoria Road has begun to suffer from various problems with damaged pavements, overgrown trees, patchy repairs to the footpath and uneven surfaces for wheelchair users and other people with mobility difficulties.

“Officers have carried out historical research and an independent tree survey has been carried out. No changes will be made until residents and any other interested parties, including business have been consulted.”

Green Party councillor for Shipley Martin Love said one idea was to remove every single tree. “There is a suggestion to revert to how it was up until the 1950s when there were no trees at all.

“A variety of woodland trees, such as horse chestnut, were planted and the reality is that at a certain size they are not appropriate to a street setting.”

“Roots and branches are affecting the almshouses and there will also be proposals to replace them with more suitable trees.

Vanessa Pilny, chair of Saltaire Village Society said she welcomed the scheme.

And Chairman of Saltaire Traders’ Association David Ford said his members would want better signposts to guide visitors to shopping areas.

Two drop-in information events have been organised, at Victoria Hall, Saltaire, on Friday April 4, from 2pm to 7pm, and at Saltaire Methodist Church, on Saturday, April 5, from 10am to 2pm.

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8:44am Wed 2 Apr 14

tyker2 says...

try getting such trees removed in gardens and you cold be prosecuted no matter how near they stand to property
try getting such trees removed in gardens and you cold be prosecuted no matter how near they stand to property tyker2
  • Score: 12

9:25am Wed 2 Apr 14

collos25 says...

Trees which are at the side of roads are not looked after and cause great damage to property if left. We have diseased sycamore trees some 60ft tall in the avenue where I live hitting buses fouling telephone lines but nothing is done about it no matter who you complain to.
Trees which are at the side of roads are not looked after and cause great damage to property if left. We have diseased sycamore trees some 60ft tall in the avenue where I live hitting buses fouling telephone lines but nothing is done about it no matter who you complain to. collos25
  • Score: 5

10:56am Wed 2 Apr 14

Madam meow says...

Don`t we need trees to oxygenise the atmosphere ??????
Don`t we need trees to oxygenise the atmosphere ?????? Madam meow
  • Score: 8

11:02am Wed 2 Apr 14

BierleyBoy says...

Cutting down trees will help improve the air quality Bradford Council is so concerned about......
Cutting down trees will help improve the air quality Bradford Council is so concerned about...... BierleyBoy
  • Score: -4

2:55pm Wed 2 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

collos25 wrote:
Trees which are at the side of roads are not looked after and cause great damage to property if left. We have diseased sycamore trees some 60ft tall in the avenue where I live hitting buses fouling telephone lines but nothing is done about it no matter who you complain to.
Bradford Council is poor, but the Dept. responsible for trees is the worst. It appears to me if you are well connected you can do as you please, but Joe Bloggs gets bullied. I am led to believe the whole Dept. is run by a Management , who are not qualified to do the job.
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: Trees which are at the side of roads are not looked after and cause great damage to property if left. We have diseased sycamore trees some 60ft tall in the avenue where I live hitting buses fouling telephone lines but nothing is done about it no matter who you complain to.[/p][/quote]Bradford Council is poor, but the Dept. responsible for trees is the worst. It appears to me if you are well connected you can do as you please, but Joe Bloggs gets bullied. I am led to believe the whole Dept. is run by a Management , who are not qualified to do the job. alive and awake
  • Score: 8

8:55pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Bradford56 says...

There isn't enough greenery in Saltaire as it is, other than Roberts Park. I vote to leave them!
There isn't enough greenery in Saltaire as it is, other than Roberts Park. I vote to leave them! Bradford56
  • Score: 0

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