TEMPORARY lights are set to be in place from tomorrow (October 3) on a busy main road in Redditch.

The lights on Battens Drive will be in place for around two weeks to allow the council to fell two strips of dying trees so that younger trees there will be able to grow.

The trees are close to the road by the Colts Lane and Hopyard Lane junctions, so for public safety, temporary traffic lights will be in place for the duration of the works, which will be between October 3 and 7 and October 10 and 13.

All the wood from the trees will be processed into chippings on-site and then be left to decompose naturally around the site’s boundaries with Arrow Valley Country Park.

Redditch Borough Council’s portfolio holder for environmental services, Cllr Peter Fleming, said: “It’s always a shame to have to fell trees like this, but we know that it’s for the best in the long run.

“That can already be seen in the various places we’ve had to take this same approach across the town, where felled areas are recovering nicely into regenerated woodland.

“It’s about much more than just safety on our roads, it’s about keeping Redditch green. I’d like to thank residents for bearing with us during the works.”