Trees " Massacred" For Paving Angers Neighbors

The trees on one Whitneyville road were cut down in order to allow paving equipment to more easily work, which has resident fuming.


Paving season has begun, and for one town street, much to the resident's dismay, it has taken with it many of the trees that line their road.

Barraclough Avenue in Whitneyville was always a tree-lined neighborhood of single family homes, according to resident Linda Connors, until the Tornado of 1989.

"Most of us lost many, if not all of our trees then, large oaks, maples, evergreens.Within a year after the clean up the town planted curb side cherry blossoms, alternating white and pink," she said. "Although they were a nuisance once the flowers dropped, while in bloom they brought back a little of the quaintness the bareness of the Tornado took away."

But one morning last week that changed, she said.

"I awoke to the sound of chain saws.  After opening my living room blinds, much to my surprise I noticed almost half of the curbside trees were missing," she said. "At first glance they were too far down the street to notice, so my first thought was finally after 23 years they were trimming them back. I assumed something to do with the trees taking down lines and being out of power for so long last October. Figured preventative measures.

"You couldn't have imagined the look on my face when I walked outside and flashed back to what appeared to be a re-enactment of the Tornado of 89," she said as she saw tree stumps lining the street. "I called a neighbor who was just as aghast as I to see if they knew what was going on. Maybe a beetle infestation? Must be something serious to destroy an entire neighborhood.

When she called Mayor Scott Jackson's office, she learned that the trees were removed in order to pave the street, Connors said.

"I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It seems 23 years of living trees, were being sacrificed for the convenience of the equipment drivers who were going to be repaving the street," she said. "As if a repaved street was to make up for the lack of shade, lack of bird shelter, lack of what little ambiance was left in my childhood neighborhood."

Connors said she and many of her neighbors are outraged that the town when to such extremes to pave the road, and without any notice to residents. 

"It is hard for me to think this couldn't have been handled in another manner," she said, possibly trimming the trees back -- but to hack them down to stumps? Totally outrageous!"

She was told it hasn't been decided whether the trees will be replaced, Connors said.

guest October 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Another one of Scott Jackson's team allowing decisions to be made without informing his residents. When is this guy out of office? Can you impeach a mayor?
Dina October 10, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Geeze the government now wants cutbacks on trees! Awful. Is Mr. Jackson from there or another state? Where I live they disgrace trees and have always bragged about CT building and working around trees and their beauty is maintained. I don't think that second picture of the limbs cut is the correct way to cut a limb as well. Call an Arborist! If I see the tree trimers I go out take pictures and stand there. I have the bigest Red Mulberry in the state and there isn't any way they are going to chop it to death, nor any others. Most people don't care. If you let it go on once, they will eventually chop them to hell.
Kim Wright October 10, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I've never heard of such a thing.coax They spend the money to purchase and plant the trees years ago now they just chop them down in order to pave???
Louise Connors October 10, 2012 at 09:26 PM
It's a shame. They were beautiful blossoming trees in the spring. They are expensive to replace as anyone who has been to a nursery lately can attest to. I think trimming would have been the way to go. Now to replace them will cost not only the price of the trees but also labor. This is just another example of waste by the Mayor's office, which is why our taxes are so high.
bill o'riely October 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Another example of government moving without neighborhood input. It didn't used to be that way. But now, state, local and federal government thinks they can trample on without citizen input. Shame on Jackson. Vote him out next time.
Carol Orticari October 11, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Totally agree. Time for anew mayor. He makes many rash decisions. Ask me about my numerous emails re: paving Laura Road.
Carol Orticari October 11, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Long time Hamden resident, I believe. Thought he was a good choice at the time.Live and learn.
Carol Orticari October 11, 2012 at 01:32 AM
He won't have the money to replace them.
Carol Orticari October 11, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Yes sir. Thinking same.
Linda C October 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
In response to Mayor Jackson's comments to Channel 8, trees being taken down on Barraclough Ave. Jackson stated a YEAR ago a study was done and the road was rated a 0 out of 100. If he knew a YEAR ago that the paving was needed, than how was there as his other comment states (NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR A MEETING WITH RESIDENTS)? Exactly how long does it take to organize a meeting? As for the eye sore stumps left behind. REALLY MAYOR? The Stump Grinder is BROKEN!!! Is that the BEST you could come up with? Nice to know the Mayor's side job is an arborist -25% or more of a tree taken off, the tree won't live? Why didn't the town use the money it paid P.W. to massacre the trees, to hire a REAL arborist's and get his opinion on how best to SAVE them? The town will REPLANT trees, however I doubt they will be 12/15 foot tress like what was HACKED DOWN. And GOD forbid the road should ever need paving again. What's the solution? Cut those trees down as well? Admit it Mayor it was the EASIEST, LAZIEST way to solve the so called problem! That's all that truly matters isn't it Mayor? Certainly not the TAX PAYING RESIDENTS who have to LIVE WITH YOUR DESTRUCTION!!! Side note Mr. James who was also interviewed. ISN'T NOW NOR EVER HAS BEEN A RESIDENT OF BARRACLOUGH AVE!!


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