Victory Square trees facing the chop

COUNCIL workers will remove three trees next week amid safety fears.

 The poplar trees, near the war memorial in Victory Square, Hartlepool, are showing signs of extensive decay.

Chris Wenlock, Hartlepool Borough Council’s parks and countryside manager, said: “We are conscious that Victory Square is an important area for the town and holds a very special significance for many people.

“But the removal of these trees is essential because of public safety. Over the autumn the area from which the trees will be removed and three new treeswil be will be re-planted. The overall appearance will be improved with shrub planting.”

The removal work will begin on Monday and should be completed in a couple of days.

They will be carried out by members of the council’s parks and countryside team, with help from apprentices who are learning about various aspects of work carried out by the department.