THE 60ft-tall trees that had to be taken down in Shoreham last week had been described as ‘generally low-quality conifers’.
There were on the south-eastern corner of the Shoreham Centre site, in Pond Road, and they were discussed by Adur Council’s planning committee in October, when the extension works were discussed and agreed.
Shoreham Centre manager Dave Frost was alerted to the danger of them falling last Wednesday lunchtime, when a passer-by said you could see the soil ‘wobbling’.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue said the trees were unsafe because the root systems had been damaged by the wind.
David Tarr, who lives nearby in North Street, said police and fire crews cordoned off Pond Road because the tree was in danger of falling.
He later watched the trees being felled and sent the Herald some photographs from the scene.
Adur Council spokesman Wendy Knight said: “Our arboricultural specialists were pleased to assist with disposal of three 12m tall leylandii trees in the grounds of the Shoreham Centre, which had become very unstable in the gale last Wednesday.
“Our grounds maintenance staff were also on hand to help clear the trees and control the traffic, after it has been closed by the emergency services and trees. The remainder of the trees were removed on Thursday morning.”