TREES have been felled in a Huddersfield park, sparking anger among residents.
But Kirklees Council insist the four large trees were felled in Norman Park, Birkby, for safety reasons.
A resident on adjacent Norman Road, Katya Duliba-Maniichuk, said: “I chose to live near Norman Park not only because of solidly built affordable housing but because it is a relatively green area with plenty of trees and pockets of wildlife.”
“I would like to know who is responsible for what I believe to an unacceptable, albeit ‘council approved’ piece of environmental vandalism.
“Trees are no mere ornament to our landscape to be cut willy-nilly to fit some council department’s random brief.
“Not only are they useful, but also serve as a splendid historical memorial to whoever built the park in the first place and as such at the very least I would expect be protected by a preservation order.”
A council spokesman said: “The trees felled were a cherry, a dead sycamore and two chestnut trees. They had been inspected as part of the tree maintenance programme and had serious structural defects which made them a potential hazard to the public.
“The council aims to improve the safety within the park and maintain a healthy and viable stock of trees. Occasionally this means tree felling is unavoidable. The current work had no connection with the play scheme.”