Over 7,300 sign petition to stop destruction of historic trees

Over 7,300 people have signed a petition to save some of Dublin's oldest trees in Fairview Park.

The petition calls on Dublin City Council to save the trees and is less than 200 signatures away from reaching its goal of 7,500 signatures - reports dublinlive.ie.

They are set to be destroyed as part of plans for a new cycle route in the area.

The change.org petition gained traction in recent days after councillors mounted a campaign to stop the destruction of the 62 trees.

Locals from across East Wall, North Strand, Ballybough, Marino, Fairview and Clontarf have expressed their anger against the plans.

The new 2.5km route will run from Clontarf to Amiens Street and plans released earlier this year showed that trees will be removed and replaced by 160 new trees.

Councillor Nial Ring previously shared his dismay at the plans, and has been co-ordinating a campaign with locals against the destruction of the trees.

He said: "The fact that there is already a cycle path going through the park further adds to the questioning of DCC's rationale to proposing the removal of these trees.

"Everyone is in favour of more cycle paths but not at this price."

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