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Date published: 2009/04/21

The Cambridge News says:

Residents could get more say on the chopping down of trees in Cambridge.

The move comes after concerns were raised about the number of trees being felled in the city.

There has been criticism over the felling of 33 "diseased" cherry trees on the Hills Road frontage of Addenbrooke's Hospital and nearly 100 at Byron's Pool, while more than 100 are set to go for the cb1 development.

Earlier this month, angry residents called for an end to the "Cambridge chain saw massacre" following the city council's decision to fell five trees on Midsummer Common which experts said were diseased and a risk to the public.

And there was outcry over the lack of public consultation carried out over felling of trees and bushes to make way for the guided busway.

New guidelines aim to ensure future decisions about tree-felling are fully publicised - with any "sensitive" proposals discussed by councillors in public meetings.

Procedures for all tree works would be published on the city council's website and in a leaflet while seminars would be offered to concerned parties.

This does not really change anything, especially if the notification is passive (so published on the city council's website) rather than active (so emailed to concerned people). Many of the tree massacres have had perfectly valid planning applications in place, so people could in theory already object. The real root of the current problem is that the city tree people seem to have developed a fetish against what they deem to be non-native trees, and that situation has not changed with this announcement.

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