PLANS TO cut down a Stafford street’s namesake trees have divided neighbours’ opinions - and inspired The Poet Laureate to step into the fray.
Moss Pit residents were horrified when workers arrived unannounced to chop down massive poplars on land at the back of Poplar Way in the summer.
Following protests the work was halted by Stafford and Rural Homes, who apologised for not informing residents beforehand.
Neighbour Mary Murphy contacted Carol Ann Duffy, who lived in the area during her childhood.
The Poet Laureate said in an email that felling the poplars would be “vandalism”, Ms Murphy told a meeting held by Stafford and Rural Homes last week.
The housing association has consulted residents on plans to replace the poplars with new trees. It has said that the current trees need to be removed because they are causing damage to underground utilities, roots are causing tripping hazards in some garage areas and there are signs of “severe decay”.
Some residents have disputed these
reasons and said a report produced by an independent company did not state the trees were dangerous. Matthew Rix, of Poplar Way, said: “The ‘extensive root damage’ our trees are causing is minor in comparison to the damage caused by many other trees across the borough.”
But others said branches had fallen into their gardens and the trees did need to come down.
Lindsay Jones, of Nelson Way, said she worried about the safety of her four small children in their garden because of the falling branches.