The majestic plane trees that line Clyde Road are a breath of fresh air close to the toxic fumes of London Road.

Now we are told they are to be chopped down – the seven nearest polluted Preston Circus this year, with the rest to follow. The cynic in me says this is to make space for parking meters, but Brighton and Hove City Council says in a letter to residents they are to be replaced by a spindly ‘“upright compact” species, which presumably will hold onto its leaves longer.

When, I wonder, will the health and safety issue of falling conkers mean that the chestnut trees of Ditchling Road are to be axed?

Alan Pipes
Gerard Street, Brighton