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Dispute over tree removal

Residents living near the Meadows Sports Centre are unhappy with the loss of trees and will meet representatives on Tuesday.

Residents living near the Meadows Sports Centre are unhappy with the loss of trees and will meet representatives on Tuesday.

Officials at an Ellon sports facility are set to have talks with local residents whose property overlooks the top-rated centre where trees have been removed due to safety concerns.

The householders, who live next to Meadows Sports Centre, claim that the loss of the trees which effectively acted as a screen, has opened up the area in a way that is detrimental to the quality of life they enjoyed before the pruning exercise.

Eddie Graham, the chairman of the Meadows Trust, regretted that the dispute had arisen, but said: “Due to safety concerns, and acting on advice, the trees were removed by Scottish and Southern Electricity.

“This natural screening once taken away has opened up the area, leaving the residents unhappy about the new situation, and they have made representation to the Meadows Trust, resulting in us meeting with them on Tuesday (June 25) to discuss the matter. We wish to be good neighbours, and hope that we can come to an amicable solution.

“The Meadows has stayed in touch with all the relevant authorities in order to ensure compliance.”

Mr Graham stressed the importance of the Trust having good relationships in the town.

He said: “We are a community-based organisation that engages its responsibility to the whole community and will act accordingly.”

The residents are also unhappy with the containers which are located in the paddock area, viewing them as unsightly, and in need of painting.

One said: “The fence at the paddock is now a health and safety hazard, and needs replaced, while the athletics hammer cage is unsightly.

“I also don’t think the Meadows has planning permission for the containers.

The resident added: “If the two parties are meeting on Tuesday I’m sure they can sort it all out.”

 

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