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This evening on the way past the Central Library I noticed that a sign had been placed on one of the three very large trees outside the main body of the building explaining that it was to be removed because it was continuing to cause damage to the pavement and other solutions had proved useless.  How sad I thought, still these things happen, and then I looked at my feet on the pavement and noticed that it was not damaged to any great extent at all.  However there were three 'tree consultants' from Ushers looking at it although perhaps Friday afternoon at 5pm was a bit late to start tree felling.

I then walked on past the entry to the library and looked at the large tree outside the children's library end of the building and looked at the pavement there - cracked crazed, some paving stones at a crazy angle, I wonder if Haringey have once again demonstrated their incompetence by marking the wrong tree for removal.  I hate losing trees unless it is necessary. I pointed out this anomaly to the workmen and continued on my way.

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Comment by Paul Soper on May 29, 2017 at 10:25

They are symbolic of Haringey's short-sighted maintenance policy - had the crowns been regularly trimmed and contained in size then the root systems would not have grown, and the split in the centre tree could have been prevented - but to save costs in the short-term they fail to carry out essential maintenance and - as in Stationer's Park - are then faced with the cost of remedial action far in excess of the maintenance costs they avoided.

Comment by Adrian Essex on May 29, 2017 at 10:08

Any one of these trees  so close to a building would be enough to invalidate my household insurance policy. I think they should all go , perhaps to be removed to the far end of the hundred acre field where trees of such size belong, to be replaced by something perhaps 3 metres, no taller, and winter flowering.


Comment by Paul Soper on May 28, 2017 at 18:30

From Facebook - they have now plastered another notice on top of the first notice explaining that the reason is the split in the tree - this would be the right reason - but the other tree is still a problem...https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154676972473295&set=p...

Comment by Paul Soper on May 28, 2017 at 16:16

Sent to Sarah...

Comment by David Winskill on May 28, 2017 at 11:46

Hi Paul

Thanks for the post.

Personally I don't like the large trees in front of the library (they block off the face of one of the finest sixties buildings in London) but, if one of them is to go then it should be for the right reason! If it is removed and the smaller one stays then ... more expense when the mistake is realised.

Suggest you contact one of our CE Councillors  (https://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=WARD&... )with a link to your post: they should be able to ask for clarification form officers before the work commences.

You might also want to ask if the very wobbly paving slabs will be leveled: hopefully they will keep the originals as they are specifc to the listing of the library. The last time Haringey attempted to improve the paving down by the fountain, they used standard grey slabs.

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