Vernon Road: ITP comments

We advise that there is strong arboricultural case for retaining this tree.

Our view is that it would be possible to build out the kerb line into the carriageway for an appropriate length along the street to accommodate the tree trunk and base, although we recognise that this is one of the “other” engineering solutions not provided for in the Council’s contract with Amey.

Our view is that it would also be possible to substantially mitigate the disruption to the pavement and kerb, in such a way as to allow adequate passage of pedestrians, including those with buggies or using wheelchairs, for example using solutions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10.

There is a fully accessible pavement on the opposite side of the road, and several accessible dropped kerbs close by. We recognise that these solutions would result in the line of the kerb being interrupted by the trunk. We have written separately to you about the Council’s policy regarding this issue.

We also recognise that there may infrequent future pavement maintenance required, but believe this would be fully justified to retain this tree.

We therefore advise that the Council should reconsider the plan for this tree, with a view to using alternative solutions to permit its retention.

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