Paignton Victoria Street trees to be replaced
OVERGROWN trees in Paignton's busy Victoria Street will be cut down and replaced in a project due to start next week.
Over recent years the elm trees lining the street have become too big, with branches overhanging and encroaching on businesses and roots pushing up the pavements.
The work will be carried out by Hi-Line and will initially involve replacing two of the elm trees with hawthorn trees of about 4.5 metres in height.
The hawthorns have been selected as the way in which they grow make them more appropriate for smaller areas.
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If the hawthorn trees prove to be more suitable then the remaining elm trees will also be replaced over the next four years.
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "We fully recognise that Victoria street, Paignton is one of the busiest streets in the town centre.
"This project will not only see fantastic new trees being put in place but will allow us to greatly enhance the overall look of the street and open up the space making it safer and more attractive for shop owners, pedestrians and visitors."