Frustration over 'saga' of overgrown trees on supermarket land

Ashby Street

These trees, planted by Sainsbury's, have caused safety concerns for Ashby Street residents in Norwich - Credit: Emma Corlett

People living on a Norwich street are frustrated by an "ongoing saga" over trees on supermarket land which are causing safety concerns. 

Those living on Ashby Street have been calling for the tree-line at the Sainsbury's Brazen Gate store to be cut back, as they say fallen leaves have made the alleyway at the back of their properties extremely slippery. 

Norfolk county councillor Emma Corlett has taken up the cause on behalf of residents since July last year.

Cllr Emma Corlett at Norwich Mosque as they held a remembrance and solidarity event for the victims

Councillor Emma Corlett. - Credit: Archant

She said she was told in July that contractors were being instructed to pollard the trees before autumn. But by December, no work had been done.

Ms Corlett said: "It is an ongoing saga. We cannot keep going around in circles with this for another year. If the contractors are not doing what they are supposed to do, then Sainsbury's should stop paying them really." 

Ashby Street alleyway

The leaves on the alleyway has caused safety concerns for Ashby Street residents - Credit: Emma Corlett

A couple, aged 68 and 65, who did not wish to be named, said they have both fallen as a result of slipping on the leaves. 

Ashby Street tree concerns

Residents have been repeatedly asking Sainsbury's to do something about the tress which tower over Ashby Street - Credit: Emma Corlett

Sainsbury's had agreed to meet the Labour councillor to discuss the issue, but a date has yet to be arranged due to a recent change of management at the store. 

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A spokeswoman for Sainsbury's said: "We would like to reassure residents that we’re aware of concerns regarding the tree-line at our Brazen Gate store and we’re reviewing recommendations.”

Ashby Street resident Rachael Trezise said she contacted contractors Arcus FM in autumn 2019. 

Sainsburys in Brazen Gate, otherwise known as the Queen's Road branch. Pic: Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's on Brazen Gate, Norwich

She said: "I was told the work would be done by the end of February and I presumed that meant 2020 rather than 2021.

"The alleyway is very slippery and dangerous which we are certainly all concerned about. It continues to be more and more of a problem." 

People living there say drug paraphernalia is also left in the alleyway, and that overgrown trees leads to a loss of light in summer.  

The alleyway, which is publicly accessible, is used by residents when putting their bins out, and to access garden spaces. 

Ashby Street

Ashby Street residents want Sainsbury's to pollard the trees which overhang the back of their properties - Credit: Emma Corlett

Another anonymous resident, who has lived at Ashby Street for 20 years, said: "When the leaves fall on the ground it becomes treacherous and gets used as a dumping ground."

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Police said: “We are aware of issues in this area and have carried out patrols and worked with local councillors to address some of the problems.

"In the last six months, we’ve received four calls from local residents reporting issues and we would encourage residents with information or concern to contact us." 

Residents can contact the police with information via www.norfolk.police.uk, by calling 101 or emailing SNTNorwichSouth@norfolk.pnn.police.uk. 

The police spokeswoman added: "We’re happy to talk to local residents who have to opportunity to raise their concerns in our policing priority meeting which is being held today (Tuesday, February 16) online. Anyone wishing to attend should email the team.”

Arcus FM has not responded when contacted for comment.

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