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Residents’ fury at busy road tree cull

PUBLISHED: 17:23 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:59 12 August 2010

RESIDENTS are furious after contractors were instructed to rip out scores of trees along a busy road. Transport for London (TfL) instructed their contractors to fell between

RESIDENTS are furious after contractors were instructed to rip out scores of trees along a busy road.

Transport for London (TfL) instructed their contractors to fell between 60 and 100 trees along a half-mile stretch of the A21 in Green Street Green.

Scores of trees have been daubed in a red cross along Farnborough Way up to the Rose and Crown roundabout and many have already been 'crowned' in preparation for them to be ripped out of the ground.

Resident Ian Matheson said: "It started off with coppicing shrubs but has turned into a major project to rip out all the trees. We can't get hold of Transport for London to tell us why they are doing it.

"They have already started to take down the top branches of the trees to get them ready to pull down and some are mature trees up to 80ft high.

"The trees help to screen a lot of the noise from the A21 as well as the view. If the trees go it will completely change the face of Green Street Green - it will be more like Green Street Gone."

A spokesman for Bromley council said: "We have had reports from residents and we are seeking to clarify the situation with TfL."

A spokesman for TfL was unavailable for comment.

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