Morden Road, Merton

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3519
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Whilst I support TfL's decision to remove unnecessary guard rails from Morden Road, will you instruct TfL to plant trees along this busy road to provide a visual barrier for the many residential properties on this road? Will you consider planting trees on similar roads with heavy traffic and residential properties?

Answer

Answer for Morden Road, Merton

Answer for Morden Road, Merton

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has inspected sections of Morden Road where guard railing has been removed to determine if trees could be planted. They found that the footway was not sufficiently wide to allow trees to be planted.

I have however committed to planting more street trees on similar roads. My tree planting initiative, which aims to plant 10,000 street trees by 2012, has identified priority areas for tree planting and 4000 new street trees are to be planted across 20 boroughs.

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to plant trees exactly where people want to see them and tree officers follow the 'right place, right tree' principle and take account of factors such as soil conditions and the presence of services.