Council argues the tree felling in Skerries was 'essential'
Fingal County Council said the controversial removal of street trees in Skerries was 'essential'.
The council argued that the trees in question had caused 'irreversible damage to public footpaths' resulting in 'serious trip hazards' in the area and in some cases, legal action against the local authority..
The council said that the paths had been repaired on numerous occasions and 'all other options' prior to the trees removal were explored.
It also confirmed that a further 12 trees are to be removed from Church Street in Skerries.
The local authority said the decision to remove street trees is 'not taken lightly'.
However, further work has now been suspended pending a meeting this week between the council and the local Chamber of Commerce as well as Skerries Tidy Towns and number of local residents.
Cllr Tom O'Leary has welcomed that meeting and said that local councillors will be invited to attend.
Some residents living closest to the affected trees have welcomed their removal but a larger number of local residents have been vocal in their opposition to the move. It's hoped the meeting can reach a compromise on future works.