Essential tree work on Dacre Street, Morpeth

03 Jan 2018

After a review of the health and condition of trees that it is responsible for on Dacre Street in Morpeth, Northumberland County Council is planning to carry out some essential work from Monday 15th January  to Friday 19th January.

Four of the eleven mature trees on the street will have to be felled due to disease, and the stumps will be removed along with the stumps of two other previously removed trees.

Essential pruning work will also take place on some of the remaining trees. Six new trees will then be planted.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet member for Environment and Local Services, said:  “It is always sad when we have to lose mature trees such as these.  

“However our investigations have found that they are not healthy, and as part of good tree management, and to ensure health and safety for pedestrians and road users in the future, they will unfortunately have to be taken down.

“I am sorry this work will cause traffic disruption but it is necessary to shut the road on safety grounds. I’d also like to assure residents and visitors we will be planting similar trees in the street which will preserve the character of the area as an attractive tree lined avenue in the town.”

The work will mean that Dacre Street has to be closed to traffic and pedestrians between the hours of 8.30am and 3.30pm during this week.  Extra resources are being brought in to try and reduce the period of the road closure to a minimum, so it is hoped that the job can be completed in less than the five days.

Road traffic and pedestrians will be able to use either Howard Terrace to the north or Stanley Terrace to the south and diversion routes will be signposted.

Dacre Street car park will be accessible during part of the week.