Casey concern over plan to remove canal trees
Sinn Fein Councillor Charlie Casey has challenged Council officials at a recent meeting to justify proposals to remove Cherry Blossom trees along the Newry Canal bank.
Councillor Casey stated, “The cherry blossom trees along the Canal bank are one of the nicest natural features in Newry both when they are in full bloom and during the winter when they are lit up for Christmas.
“While the people of Newry have welcomed plans to open up the canal bank there is real public concern that this may be at the expense of this natural feature.
Casey continued, “Initially, councillors were told that the removal of the trees was to facilitate the work of the contractor, now we have been told that all of the trees are diseased and must be replaced with mature ones.
“I have asked that a full report on the condition of the trees be brought to the next Council meeting so that Councillors can satisfy ourselves that such a drastic measure is justified and I will be asking if the cost of their removal and replacement has been budgeted for in the contract,” he added.
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