FCC U-turn over tree felling at St Albans station

The trees in St Albans City station car park

The trees in St Albans City station car park - Credit: Archant

RESIDENTS are celebrating a victory after First Capital Connect (FCC) had a change of heart over planned tree felling at St Albans train station.

Two weeks ago the Herts Advertiser reported how the rail firm had come under fire for applying for permission to chop down seven large trees between the station car park and Ridgmont Road.

But according to a spokesman for FCC, following a meeting with St Albans district council’s planning officers they have now decided to only remove two diseased trees and carry out maintenance on the rest.

District councillor for St Peter’s ward Michael Green, who has been campaigning against the changes, said: “FCC has always said their intention was not to upset people.

“I think they probably made a mistake to submit an application that covered all eventualities and have backed down now because they saw the resistance.”

He went on: “It is good that FCC has seen sense.”

Another objector, Andy Dixon, of Waverley Road, commented: “I think it is a good result for local residents. I have spoken to quite a large number of people on Ridgmont Road and there was an overwhelming feeling that they were against unnecessary felling of these trees and I think that shows the importance people attach to the look of the city and the environment.”

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FCC spokesman Roger Perkins reiterated that the original plans were based on information provided by a horticultural specialist, and said the felled trees would be replaced.

He added: “We are grateful to St Albans district council for the sound advice which they gave to us on site.

“We are confident that local residents will be pleased with the improved appearance when these works are carried out in August.”