Councillors split over Louisa Terrace felling application

PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 10 June 2010

TOWN planners have recommended a compromise following a bid to cut down three protected trees in a Littleham garden that, if passed, could spoil an 'historic view'. The owner of the Ashton Court Hotel in Louisa Terrace, Mr Fowler, has applied to remove tw

TOWN planners have recommended a compromise following a bid to cut down three protected trees in a Littleham garden that, if passed, could spoil an 'historic view'.The owner of the Ashton Court Hotel in Louisa Terrace, Mr Fowler, has applied to remove two stems from a bay tree and fell another bay tree, a cypress and a golden cypress.But councillors, and the Exmouth Society, said they were concerned about the plans, and recommended that the stems be trimmed - but the trees left intact.Ian Cann, secretary of the Society, said: "We object to the removal of any of the trees in the gardens opposite the hotel which form part of the view of the historic terrace from the Esplanade."There has already been excessive denuding of these gardens to the detriment of Exmouth's environment and character."Councillor Steve Gazzard said: "I've no objection for the two stems to be cut, but I really can't see why the other trees should be felled."We have lost too many trees in the town and developers are cutting them down to make the view better for residents."The council recommended a split decision, and the application will now be considered by district planners.

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