Residents taking to the street to save a landmark tree is the sort of story we more readily associate with Middle England than north Belfast. But the people of Glastonbury Avenue defied City Council workmen who came to cut down the 100-year-old beech and have won a week's reprieve.
Quite rightly the residents are aggrieved that they were not consulted about the decision to remove the tree because its roots are poking up through the pavement. Health and safety considerations may eventually win the day, but the residents should be allowed to put their arguments for keeping the majestic tree. Hopefully a solution to the current impasse can be found.