Hydro-Québec meets with angry Montreal West residents over tree-cutting plans
Residents at public meeting tell Hydro officials they want trees in public garden to be pruned, not cut down
A group of residents in Montreal West is upset with Hydro-Québec for not informing them that the types of trees they were planting in a public garden behind their backyards would eventually have to be cut down.
For the past 50 years, neighbours in a part of Montreal West that stretches along the railroad tracks have planted all sorts of greenery, transforming previously dismal and industrial-looking land into a blossoming garden.
However, it's technically Hydro-Québec's land, and the company wants to remove the trees to prevent against electric arcing and fires.
Hydro-Québec sent a letter last month to the people who live on Roxton Crescent and Radcliffe Road, informing them of its plans to cut down the trees.
Residents at Monday night's meeting told Hydro officials that the trees provide a beautiful green space and they want the trees to be pruned rather than cut down completely.
That's because the maximum height of any vegetation growing under a power line cannot surpass 2.5 metres.
Utility officials told the 50 residents who attended the meeting that they have a list of fruit trees and shrubs that don't grow higher than 2.5 metres.
Residents said Hydro should have informed them years ago that they should have been planting small fruit trees instead of big maples and pines.