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Politician who ordered chopping down of 110 trees lives in upmarket tree-lined street

The Plymouth politician who ordered 110 trees to be chopped down in the middle of the night lives in one of the city’s most upmarket tree-lined streets.

The council had paused the plans due to objections from residents to a £12.7million redevelopment scheme but on Tuesday, Tory leader Richard Bingley signed an executive order to fell the trees.

Locals chanted and protested but the action was only stopped at 1am when a group secured a court injunction. However, by that point 110 established trees had been felled on Armada Way.

MailOnline can now reveal that Councillor Bingley owns a five-bed terraced house in the city on a quiet tree-lined street unaffected by the works.

Despite being close to the city centre and railway station, the imposing double-fronted terraced home – bought last year for £450,000 – also has a park at the end of the road.

There was no answer at the home today but Danny Laine, 26, who also lives on the street said: ‘I think it’s shocking what’s happened in Armada Way. Part of Plymouth’s unique character is the connection with nature.

‘I haven’t lived here long but I love it, it is gorgeous around here and we are very nature focussed in this house.

‘If somebody told us they wanted to chop down all the trees on the street or pave over the park we would fight against it and I am sure he would too.

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