Stoke & Staffordshire

Council takes action over felled trees in Stafford

Felled trees in Stafford
Image caption A temporary stop notice was served by the council on 10 March 2011

A major housing developer could face court action after it felled a number of trees in Staffordshire.

Stafford Borough Council said it would bring criminal charges against Bovis Homes for felling trees near the A34 and former St George's Hospital site.

About 100 trees had been cut before work ceased in March last year when a temporary stop notice was served.

A spokesman for Bovis Homes said it was "yet to receive official notification" from the authority.

The council added that the "necessary paperwork will be prepared and lodged at Stafford Magistrates' Court soon".

Nearby residents, unhappy with the destruction of the trees, submitted a petition to the authority last year.

It prompted the council to launch an investigation to find out if the trees were protected by preservation orders.

The housing developer did apologise to residents at the time, admitting it had caused "alarm and distress".

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