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The work is part of a scheme by the Highways Agency to improve traffic flow in Hereford
A NUMBER of trees have been cut down in Edgar Street, Hereford, this morning to make way for an additional lane.
Workmen came onto the site at around 7am and cut down 10 of the 14 lime trees, with witnesses saying that the road was closed while this was undertaken.
The Highways Agency has said that the trees had to go to make way for an additional third lane, supported by Herefordshire Council, to help improve traffic flow in the city.
But, the news has not gone down well with campaigners who wanted the trees to be saved and were in negotiations with the relevant bodies to see if there were alternative proposals.
Shortly after 7.50am, the "Save the Edgar Street Trees" Facebook page posted: "They are cutting them down right now - masses of chain saw operatives and police and a few minutes ago, most of them were down.
"I went up the road at 7am and saw a couple of policemen only but when I came back down at 7.43, most of the trees were murdered.
"RIP. I am in floods of tears. And massively angry."
Paralympic gold medalist Josie Pearson also said that the news was "very sad", but other people have said that the felling means that traffic flow would be improved on one of the most congested streets in Hereford, especially when the new retail development opens.
There will be more on this story in Thursday's Hereford Times.
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