im quite lucky in that i live in quite a wide and very quiet street which used to have around 20 sycamore (however you spell it, helicopter trees in other words) and totally out the blue the local council chopped them all down in one day when everyone was at work, we all came home to find short stumps down the street!
they then got the stumps up and re-surfaced the pavement (sidewalk over there isnt it?) and then re-surfaced the road.
they never asked anyone in the street if we had an opinion on this and as soon as it was done obviously its too late but our whole little comunity was furious!
im sure it was just to save a few quid on maintaining them or some silly health and safety nonsense? grrrrrrr!
anyway good for you on the arrival of your new saplings! wish we had some!