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GREEN STREET: County council ignore email to plant more trees in a Kings Langley street

 Published on: 27th October 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents in Rectory Lane, Kings Langley, feel let down by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) when their request to plant trees on their street was ignored. 

Former parish councillor Peter McDonnell was approached by neighbours saying they noted a lack of trees in their road and wanted to plant nine new ones. 

After speaking to the Green Team at Dacorum Borough Council, Peter was told he would need to contact Hertfordshire Highways at HCC for permission to be granted. They also told Peter that it would cost £340 per tree plus a £60 survey fee where each tree would be planted. 

He emailed assistant manager Chris Jackson at Herts Highways on July 25 to say the residents would be “happy to purchase the trees” with the council’s supervision on where they could be planted. 

However, during the same month HCC declared a climate emergency, the email was ignored, leaving residents disappointed. 

Peter said planting trees would “improve the environment” in the street and absorb pollution. 

Since KingsNews contacted HCC, they said they would be open to the idea. 

A spokesperson said: “We apologise for the delay in contacting the residents at King’s Langley who wish to see some trees planted locally.

“I can confirm that we are supportive in principle and have now made contact with the group to explore the options available for local tree planting.”

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