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City centre trees to be chopped due to CCTV fears

Posted on - 11th March, 2012 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston Council, Preston News
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Overgrowing trees near the William Hill bookies are obscuring CCTV cameras

Work starts today to cut back overgrowing trees in the city centre which are blocking the view of CCTV cameras.

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The council will pull up a tree on the junction of Friargate and Cheapside, outside the William Hill bookies, which is limiting how well Lancashire Police can monitor the area.

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Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment, said: “We have a duty to ensure that the trees are well maintained and do not pose a danger to the public.

“The works we are carrying out are general maintenance and we are aiming to replace the tree that needs removing as soon as possible.”

Further pruning in the city centre will take place outside Manyanas on Church Street, the junction with Church Street and Cheapside, the corner of Corn Exchange and Fleet Street, rear of the Harris Museum on Lancaster Road, Syke Street multi-storey car park, Winckley Square and the Bus Station car park.

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Image credit to George Thompson

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