Lime trees are a nuisance to us

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Large lime trees may look spectacular but I often wonder if the people campaigning against their replacement have driveways or garages to protect them from the year-round public nuisance.

For the rest of us, if the trees were young people, the police would be seeking dispersal orders.

Week in, week out, the tree detritus rained down onto the ground, cars and house windows is mucky and never-ending, especially the sticky so-called honeydew made up of aphid excretions, so thick you can see it falling.

Then there is the uncontrollable flow of pigeon and magpie droppings.

Daily cleaning is required to make cars drivable (which uses a lot of water) and if you leave your car for a week it can get so dirty and sticky that hand wash firms may refuse to touch it.

As the trees grow they block light to windows and gardens, interfere with telephone wires, and their roots wrench the pavements to the extent that one house I know has a flooded front gateway after every significant rainfall which Amey say they can’t ameliorate without removing the tree.

Even supposedly healthy trees drop large dead branches which damage cars and pose risks to pedestrians.

Previous maintenance polices were inadequate and often seemed to increase the rate of growth.

We can’t wait for the tree replacement programme to reach our road, though we are concerned that Streets Ahead seem to intend to replant more lime trees when there must be other varieties or species which are decorative and functional but easier to manage.

I hold no brief for Amey, whose communication with the public is often lamentable, (especially through careless and misleading signage), but to accuse of them of vandalism in this instance seems far too one-sided.