Work to fell and reduce the number of trees in an "ancient" park  in Ipswich will go ahead. 

Ipswich Borough Council's planning committee discussed and approved an application on Wednesday to fell and reduce a variety of trees at Red House Park, off Tuddenham Road.

The works are for safety reasons, according to application documents, with a detailed tree assessment showing issues of decay, weakness, and stem failure.

Following approval by the committee a number of ash, sycamore, oak and London Plane trees will now be felled or reduced.

The application had prompted a campaign by devastated residents who called for the plans to be withdrawn.

Speaking before the meeting, Linda Chambers, 76, Tuddenham Road resident and chairperson of Save Our Country Spaces (SOCS), said: "We would like the application to be withdrawn, so the residents can inspect the plans. It's absolutely horrendous.

"This is an absolutely beautiful ancient park. There is a beautiful sycamore tree here that they would like to cut two metres from. We want to save this ancient park."

The residents had met with Ipswich MP Tom Hunt prior to the meeting.

The application was one of two approved during Wednesday's meeting.