Work on the next two blocks of student accommodation on the old paint factory site have begun in a reversal of the time honoured tree planting ceremony: A lovely, graceful poplar tree that stood beside the (still blocked) footpath running alongside the site has been felled.
It's not as though there was a need to clear the path or build over it. I suspect the answer is that there will be some sort of high wall constructed around the site in due course and the tree stood in it's way.
Another new student block on an adjacent site (and not part of the old paint factory campus) has taken a different line, one that might have been copied.
Other trees have been either lopped or felled and chipped, some outside the wire fence boundary of the site.
I am sure permission to do this felling was obtained by the contractor's from the Council. But why would they bother?