Brian O’Malley angry at Swindon Council for cutting mature trees
GRANDFATHER Brian O’Malley says his estate has been ruined after Swindon Council’s contractor cut more than 20 mature trees down to just 6ft high.
Mr O’Malley, 65, says the trees, lining one side of Sparcells Drive, were about 30ft high and the environment they created was one of the reasons he moved to the estate 15 years ago.
But now he says they look ugly and fears they have reduced the value of properties, adding that he wants to air his concern in case contractor Swindon Commercial Services Ltd (SCS), tries to do the same with vegetation on the estate.
Mr O’Malley, who lives in Ryan Close, off Sparcells Drive, said: “These trees have always been there and over the 15 years they’re growing and maturing, and to me they’re improving the estate.
“To chop them down to 6ft high is destructive. It’s not individual ones, it’s the whole road, it’s just been massacred.
“And I wonder whether it’s going to go on around the estate. I believe it’s reduced the value of the houses in the area. It’s just the aesthetic of it, it’s absolutely ruining the estate.”
Mr O’Malley said the work started about two weeks ago. He said he quizzed one of the workmen, who told him it was being done at the request of the residents.
He said: “I’m a resident, I haven’t been asked. No one has discussed it with me. And I would have thought the majority of people in Sparcells wouldn’t want their estate to be destroyed.
“They’re chopping down what I would consider to be mature trees. I find it very difficult to understand that on a boxy estate like Sparcells, why people wouldn’t appreciate some mature trees.”
“I was also wondering whether it would be possible to put some protective orders on some of these trees.”
Coun Nick Martin (Con, Shaw) said: “I was not aware of it and I hadn’t requested it. On one hand we’re very keen for the contractors to be enthusiastic but we do want a conversation.”
Swindon Council was unavailable for comment.