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My victory in the fight for Sadlers trees
MORE than a dozen trees have been spared the axe after a concerned resident complained about them being torn down for Sadlers Farm road improvements.
Contractors planned on chopping down about 15 trees from near the entrance of the Southend-bound A13, to allow the road to be widened from Sadlers Farm to the Tarpots roundabout.
Essex County Council distributed letters to nearby residents and businesses alerting them to the felling.
However, the trees have been saved after keen conservationist, Simon Hughes, 40, of Baxter Avenue, Southend, contacted the council voicing his concerns the move would be detrimental to local wildlife.
The site is used by a lot of local birds and squirrels which could struggle to find new homes nearby.
To his amazement, the contractors Birse replied and the trees have now been saved.
Mr Hughes said: “I was very concerned to hear about the planned execution of the trees, so I wrote an e-mail to complain, but I never really expected anything back.
“Then to my surprise I got an e-mail back from Birse saying they have looked into the design, changed their minds and that the trees would remain untouched.
“I think it is brilliant news, particularly for all the birds and squirrels that would use them.”
The majority of the £63million Sadlers Farm roadworks are scheduled to finish on June 8.
The works have seen the construction of four new bridges, two new bypass roads, and the removal of the infamous five mini roundabouts.
Derrick Louis, Essex county councillor responsible for highways and transportation, said: “It was initially envisaged the trees would need to be removed, as planned drainage works in close proximity would have damaged their roots and made them unstable.
“However, we where conscious this would have a negative impact on the local environment and have worked hard to find an alternative solution. I am pleased we have been able to do this and local residents are happy the trees are now remaining.”