A NUMBER of trees in a leafy Ayr area are to be chopped down over Ash Dieback fears.

Council workers suspect that the trees on Monument Road have become infected and are removing them so the disease does not spread. Replanting will follow.

Councillor Ian Cochrane, said: “Residents may see a significant change to our landscape in the coming years due to the spread of Ash Dieback in South Ayrshire.

“I would urge the public not to be alarmed if they see trees across the area being cut back or removed.

“We are committed to preserving our environment and our team of highly skilled grounds workers will carefully monitor the spread of the disease.”