LIMERICK County Council has defended its decision to fell dozens of trees in the Dooradoyle area of the city.
Residents at Father Russell Road were said to be “in tears” last week, after dozens of “magnificent” popular trees in the Gouldavoher estate were felled to the ground.
One distressed resident, who did not wish to be named, said the green area was left “like a bomb site” by the council, and he would have tied himself to a tree to stop the works except he had to go to work. The trees had been there for over 25 years, planted when the estate was built.
“This was a total shock to everybody. They should have notified residents about this in advance.
I did try to stop them but I couldn’t. At the very least they should have cleaned up the area and planted new trees immediately,” said the resident,
But Finbarr Keyes, senior executive engineer with Limerick Council County, said some of the trees were 80 to 90 feet high and were not appropriate in a residential setting because of their height.
Mr Keyes said the council would have been liable for compensation if the trees fell on a house or resident.
“Some of the trees were dead as well, and we were advised not to leave gaps in the line of trees because it would make the others vulnerable if we only took away the dead trees. The roots were also very shallow, just below ground level, and residents had complained that they were causing damage to their walls,” he explained.
At the most, Mr Keyes said the trees would have lasted just another couple of years and would need to be removed then at the latest.