Resident upset by tree felling

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An Inverberive resident has hit out at Aberdeenshire Council’s decision to cut down trees on the Gourdon to Inverbervie path near the Kirkburn area of Inverbervie.

Talking to the Leader the resident said she was “disappointed” to see council workers cutting down trees in the area at the start of the week and so approached them to find out what was going on.

She was then “shocked” to discover that they were cutting down four or five trees on the path and was given the explanation that some residents had complained to the local authority about them because they were blocking the view.

The resident is upset that the community was not involved in the decision about the trees she said: “I have never seen any notices up about this and there has been no discussion.”

The resident is concerned that one of the reasons the trees were taken down is that currently Inverbervie does not have a Community Council, and therefore that level of local democracy is missing.

However when approached on the matter the local authority says that Inverbervie Community Council was involved in the decision prior to the group being disbanded.

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “The trees were brought to the attention of Aberdeenshire Council’s Landscape Services department following a complaint from a member of the public.

“An investigation was carried out, including a site visit with local councillors and members of Inverbervie Community Council.

“A limited number of trees were identified for removal because of the potential for long-term damage to the boundary walls of nearby residents.

“The trees removed were identified as being the weakest specimens on the site and their removal will allow others to thrive.”