We’re furious after council classed two 70ft trees as a hedge and chopped them down after ONE neighbour complained

A COUNCIL has sparked anger by cutting down two 70ft trees – after a single complaint by a neighbour.

Bristol City Council took down the enormous cypress trees despite a sit-in protest and a campaign by local families.

The trees were given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order and classified as 'hedges' – in a move mocked as 'ridiculous' by locals residents.

The trees have sat in a quiet cul-de-sac in Horfield in Bristol for 50 years and were popular with kids and wildlife including birds and squirrels.

But Bristol City Council slapped them with a felling notice which has been pinned to one of the trees – classing them as a "nuisance".

They have now been chopped down.

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Locals say there was one complaint about the trees – by someone who said they blocked their light.

Speaking when they trees were served notice, a Bristol City Council spokesperson said: "The action being taken is not a matter of council policy.

"But it is to ensure compliance with national legislation, which designates this type of tree as a hedge.

"We are responding to a complaint about the hedge, in line with the legislation, and have reviewed the options available to us.

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"Reducing these trees to the necessary size would leave them unlikely to survive and removing and replanting the tree has been agreed as the best option.

"We have received a number of comments from local residents supporting this approach.

"We're also investigating and offering further tree-planting spots to bring us closer to our aim of doubling the city's tree canopy by 2046.''

One resident said: ''It's bonkers. Everybody is really sad about it."

"It's a real shame, because those trees have been there since the early 1970s, at the same time as the estate was built.''

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