Its happening here as well. St Georges Square, in front of the railway station (much lovedby John Betjeman no less) was redeveloped a few years ago. Lots of slabs put down, seating and the works.
Quite nice it was too, especially the trees they planted there.
Just as the trees are getting to some sort of maturity and really setting the place off well, what does our genius local council do?
Chop them down in order to TOTALLY cover the place in slabs.
You couldn't make it up!