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Fishergate roadworks: Tree stumps left lining the street as second phase work continues

Posted on - 4th March, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston City Centre, Roads
One of the trees which has been cut down on Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall

One of the trees which has been cut down on Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall

Further roadworks on Fishergate are on full swing as trees are hacked back and the section up towards Cheapside gets the new look.

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Shared space, which sees cars and pedestrians share right of way, has been controversial and the initial £3.4 million scheme has divided opinion from Prestonians.

Workmen are hard at work on the top end of Fishergate starting what will be months of disruption for shoppers and shops in the area.

Work started in late February on the next stage of roadworks Pic: Tony Worrall

Work started in late February on the next stage of roadworks Pic: Tony Worrall

Trees along the street and onto Church Street have been cut back and bizarrely sprayed silver-white, with about three foot left sticking up.

One reader Simon Walker said: “I’ve just past the trees on the church side of Church Street, in the councils infinite wisdom they’ve been cut down about three to four foot above the ground, so we are left with a three to four foot trunk painted white (badly) which looks an absolute mess.

“As it stands its a complete mess, as these trees were in an area due to be worked on next year – they should have let the trees give the public the shelter they always have for the summer and then cut them down when work was going to commence on their area – not a year+ in advance!”

The county council said it needed to remove a number of the trees due to their poor health.

£6 million is being spent on the second phase of the scheme, which is due to take nine months to complete.

What do you think of the second stage of the roadworks? Does it affect your business? Let us know in the comments below

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