The reasons behind the felling of scores of mature trees in Swansea has been made clear by the city's council after concern from members of the public.

Many residents were unhappy after seeing multiple trees along Mayals Road, a route known for its tree-lined appearance, being brought down.

Swansea Council is about to create a new safe cycle route along the street, and locals have claimed that is the sole reason behind the move.

But the authority has stated that it has to bring down 19 trees along the route as they were discovered to be diseased or dying.

It comes after it surveyed all of the 127 trees along the road.

The council has been felling Ash trees for the last two years after surveys found the majority of the trees in the city are suffering from the tree-killing disease known as Ash Dieback.

All of the felled trees will be replaced with a wide variety of semi mature trees.

The replanting of the trees is expected to be completed following the construction of a 1.6km hybrid cycle lane which is being created either side of the road, which the council says will help provide a link between the Swansea seafront and Gower common.

The trees will be replaced using Active Travel funding which the council has received to create a new safe cycle route along the street.

Among the list of species of trees to be replanted are 20 Sweetgum trees and 19 Maple trees of different variety.

Other trees to feature in the scheme include Himalayan Birch, Small Leaf Lime and River Birch.

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Swansea Council's cabinet member for environment, enhancement and infrastructure management, Mark Thomas, said: "All of our completed Active Travel schemes we have developed across Swansea have been developed sensitively taking into account the natural environment.

"The scheme along Mayals Road is no different and in fact we believe we will be improving the route by increasing the total number of trees along its length.

"The variety of tree species we have selected will complement those already established and will replace the small number of trees which have sadly succumbed to disease."