Residents slam Dublin City Council for 'destroying' tree-lined city avenue
A plan by Dublin City Council to cut down a line of trees near the Phoenix Park has been criticised by local residents.
The mature trees, at the Cabra end of Blackhorse Avenue, have been growing for years, add a mature feel to the road and are nice to look at, local residents say.
But Dublin City Council says it is necessary to remove the trees so it can put in a footpath linking the Park Crescent House Apartment complex with the Cabra gate of the Phoenix Park.
Currently anyone walking on Blackhorse Avenue towards the Cabra gate either has to walk on the road when they reach the current row of trees, or cross the busy road to the footpath on the other side.
It also says that once a new footpath is put in place it will then turn the wasteland behind the current line of trees into a biodiversity park with native species of trees planted on it.
But this hasn't dampened the anger of locals.
"It's too late at this stage because the Council has planning permission now, but I think when it came to public consultation they should have put something in the doors of the nearby houses to tell us about it," said one local lady.
"I never saw any notices or anything outlining the plans. It was only when they got their permission they sent around a circular saying they will be cutting down the trees on this date and that date," she told the Herald.
"They seem to have a free hand to do what they wish. They are sabotaging the tree line.
"My life and well-being will be very much affected by this," she added.
A Dublin City Council spokeswoman said the trees were not planted by the local authority, but grew wild and from seeds dropped by birds.
"It is necessary to remove them and install the new footpath for public safety reasons, but residents need not fear that they will be looking out on anything bare or barren," she said.
"We are putting in a biodiversity park on what is currently wasteland, and will be planting native tree species as part of that, which will bring a unique look that will have an educational value to nearby schools as well," the spokeswoman added.
The Council is currently undertaking some preliminary work on a feature within the waste ground known as the Poor Man's Well.
A group of archaeologists are working to document and record the ancient ruin prior to any further work on the park.
The remaining trees on the road front are due to be felled next week.