Work has started to chop down trees to make way for new flats.

Felling of the healthy, mature trees in Beith Street in Partick has begun to allow the construction of 48 apartments.

The development is going ahead despite local residents objecting that it would remove valuable green space in a busy built-up area.

The site is between Beith Street and the Clydeside Expressway.

Pictures today show several of the trees chopped down and piled up on the grass ready for removal.

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Developer, Nixon Blue was granted permission last year for the flats, despite 39 objections, including from local politicians.

In December the Glasgow Times reported how residents were angry their concerns had been ignored.

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Ian Mitchell, 77, who has lived in his home for over 15 years told how he submitted his objection at every turn.

He said: “It gives us a barrier between the expressway, which is constant cars, and the pollution from them.

“It’s a lifesaver in a way, it helps our health."