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Belton hedge removal anger

PUBLISHED: 13:17 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 July 2010

THE borough council has defended removing a hedge in Belton which dated back hundreds of years.

Local residents, who claimed the hedge in Berry Close was in good condition, were appalled to see it removed by GYB Services on Monday .

THE borough council has defended removing a hedge in Belton which dated back hundreds of years.

Local residents, who claimed the hedge in Berry Close was in good condition, were appalled to see it removed by GYB Services on Monday .

However, Lothingland councillor Barry Stone told the Mercury that the borough tree officer Patrick Tabor had inspected the hedge and found it to be riddled with Dutch Elm disease.

Mr Stone said: “The hedge was diseased and in a poor condition not worth any merit.”

However, local residents this week said there was nothing wrong with it.

Shirley Beach, of Berry Close, said she believed the hedge was more than 300 years old.

“It has been there for a long time and they have chosen the wrong time of year to do this as birds are looking for a place to nest. “There didn't appear to be anything wrong with the hedge. The roots and stumps looked fine but they have been removed as well.”

Mrs Beach said the area looked like an “absolute eyesore” now the hedge had been removed.

“The same thing happened in the area last year. It seems to be systematic slashing for no apparent reason,” she added.

June Tuttle, of Orwell Crescent, said: “They have dug the whole thing up and now it looks such a mess. It looks like a bomb has hit it. I think it is heart breaking. I had a look at the roots and from what I could see it doesn't look diseased.

“It just seems that the council can do what they like,” she added.

Mr Stone added the hedge would be replaced with a fence in the near future.

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