Residents fight for the return of their tree line
RESIDENTS in Bodiam Avenue are upset that trees have been chopped down behind their homes but not replaced.
Around 180 residential properties were affected by severe flooding in summer 2007 and, as part of the Environment Agency's work to improve flood defences in Daniels Brook, its team worked between November 2011 and April this year to remove vegetation in the flood relief channel to increase its capacity. However, homeowners were assured the trees would be replanted.
Shirley James, who has lived in Bodiam Avenue for 22 years, said: "I don't mind that they have taken down some trees, but they have decimated the tree line and it has left us completely open to the next door estate in Kingsway.
"When I moved here in 1990 it was just fields on the other side of the brook and you couldn't even see them because of the thick tree line.
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"Now people in the houses opposite can see into my house and I can see into theirs.
"We want to have the screening back to ensure our privacy."
The Environment Agency had originally pledged to reinstate screening and habitat by winter 2012.
As yet no replanting work has taken place.
Speaking yesterday, an EA spokesman said: "The Environment Agency is planning to carry out replanting works to replace the trees that had to be removed as part of the flood relief channel improvement works. We will also replace lost screening to properties where possible. This work is likely to be carried out early next year in January."