Tree Removal on The Close, N14- MEQ

Original Email:

Dear Department,

I would like to enquire on what grounds this tree was given the go ahead to be completely cut down. I haven’t seen this in relation to any planning application, and residents are concerned why this established tree, that has been there for many years has been cut at such hastiness and short notice. Is this anything to do with neighbouring works? Or is this possibly to do with the recent decision to get the pavement renewed with asphalt? Please provide details to myself and the CC’d resident.

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Kind regards,

Cllr. Stephanos Ioannou
Conservative Councilor for Southgate ward,
London Borough of Enfield


Classification: OFFICIAL

Dear Councillor Stephanos Ioannou

Thank you for your enquiry, my understanding of which is that your constituents are concerned with the removal outside 24 The Close and the status of replanting.

I can advise that prior to the footway improvement works being undertaken I was asked to assess the tree outside of 24 The Close by the team undertaking the footway improvements as they were concerned about the amount of root damage caused to the footway.

On assessing the tree it was clear that the tree had outgrown its location. I don’t believe the curb stones could have been replaced without damaging the tree and should the footway team have managed to work around the tree it would only be an estimated 24 months until the footway had returned to its previous damaged state. Following this I recommended removal of the tree which was undertaken by our contractors shortly after.

I hope this has answered your enquiry.

Yours sincerely



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