KGH halts tree-cutting work after neighbours raise concerns

A resident of Windermere Road, Kettering, sent in this photo of the tree work at Kettering General Hospital

A resident of Windermere Road, Kettering, sent in this photo of the tree work at Kettering General Hospital

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Kettering General Hospital has halted work on cutting back dozens of trees along its border with Coniston Road after residents opposed the work.

Dozens of trees have already been cut down to small stumps.

However, residents living in Windermere Road and Coniston Road have voiced opposition to the work, saying it will affect their privacy, especially since the Foundation Wing was completed in 2013.

Tracey Churchill, who lives in Coniston Road, contacted the Telegraph this week.

She said: “Our back garden is on the border and we have lived here for 20 years.

“This work was carried out with no consultation whatsoever.

“The new Foundation Wing overlooks our garden and the trees are the only thing that gives us some privacy.”

Dean Haylett, of Windermere Road, added: “My wife and I moved here two years ago.

“We had been attracted to the beautiful private rear garden backing on to the hospital, which is totally screened by the trees.

“Had they not been there it would be highly unlikely we would have moved here.”

Chris Hodgson, from Kettering General Hospital, said: “The trust is responsible for a large number of trees along its boundary and many of these have grown to a considerable height.

“We recently began to cut back a number close to Coniston Road to reduce these to a manageable size.

“We have suspended the work after being contacted by residents and we will now carry out further consultation on the best course of action.”