This was the Allee de Palouty on the 20th April 2011, a lovely traditional french avenue of Plane trees, sheltering the road.
And this is the road now. Nineteen perfectly healthy plane trees were felled for no good reason, except the “Maire” got in a miff.
It appears that the Conseil General, which is the equivalent to the County Council in England, sent a memo. They said that in the future, if a bit of a tree fell on someone, or someone inadvertantly drove into a tree, and they decided to sue, they would not be liable. The village would have to take out insurance. So our Maire said “right, cut the lot down”.
I would add that, we have lived here for about 8 years and nothing has occurred. No one I have spoken to has ever heard of an accident with a tree. It was just in a fit of pique…..I nearly cried when I heard the chain saws and could not stand and witness it.
- 17 May, 2011
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