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Eddie Smith is complaining about the trees being cut down on the river Linnet

Eddie Smith is complaining about the trees being cut down on the river Linnet

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Concerns have been raised over the extent to which trees in a Bury St Edmunds beauty spot have been hacked back.

Eddie Smith, 64, says the work by UK Power Networks to trim and remove trees along the River Linnet walk, just off Westley Road, is overkill.

Bosses at the electricity giant say about 50 to 60 trees are being pared back to clear them from 33,000 volt overhead lines.

They have also been requested by landowners to remove some trees which have decayed and are ‘potentially dangerous’.

However, Mr Smith, who has lived in Westley Road for 28 years, has hit out at the move - highlighting that St Edmundsbury Borough Council has earmarked the site as a ‘designated special landscape area’.

He said: “I’ve an understanding for pollarding which has been done for centuries but I cannot for the life of me understand the need to cut down perfectly healthy trees. Removal of healthy trees is savagery. I’m surprised that this degree of removal has been permitted. What they’re doing could have been moderated. Some of these trees must have been 100 years old. It’s overkill quite frankly.”

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said UK Power Networks has ‘statutory powers to undertake the work’.