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By Colin Smeeton
There was relief this week that the proposed felling of more than 100 trees near Brodick has been halted, for the time being at least.
As reported in last week’s Banner the picturesque tree-lined road in Brodick, between Rosa bridge and Cnocan bridge, is in the process of receiving official protection by the council through the use of a tree preservation order (TPO).
A six month TPO has now been issued for the trees by the council under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act which prohibits the cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees except with the consent of the planning authority.
It is believed that the landowner, Arran Estates, had planned to cut down the hardwood trees for timber sale. But under the TPO they will now have to confirm what their intentions are for the trees and further investigation into what amenity value and significance they offer can take place.
The order came after a meeting of the council’s planning committee who decided to impose the protection measures after being alerted by the Arran Civic Trust and members of the public that work could potentially be undertaken on the trees.
Fears rose from the fact that more than 100 trees were marked with bright orange numbering, starting next to Brodick Primary school and ending with number 107 at Cladach, near the Wineport. A number of misshapen, damaged, diseased and unhealthy trees have also been marked with a X which is an indication for felling..
The full scope of the temporary TPO covers the grouping of trees adjacent to the south side of the A841 between Brodick Primary School to the junction with the String Road and also on both sides of the A841 from the junction with the String Road to the Cnocan Bridge.
The tree-lined avenue on the A841 is popular with both pedestrians and driver and features a number of large mature trees of a variety of species. 01_B22trees01