Friday, 10 April 2009

Trees at Cotham School

At least four large mature trees were chopped down on Friday at the Cotham Road end of the Cotham School site. I can't see that these were part of the development plan for the school, nor can I find any permission granted for them to be taken down (they are in a Conservation Area).

I am looking into it urgently, though I presume nothing will happen over the Easter weekend. I have asked the Tree Planning Officer to visit the site and contact me early on Tuesday morning.

UPDATE : The planning officer who dealt with the application agrees that the trees appear to have been felled without permission. He has halted further work and is getting a meeting with the contractors to find out what has happened.

5 comments:

Clive Stevens said...

I am so angry at this. Some of us work so hard to protect and fund new tree planting and so to see this..it's a disgrace. If it's not a criminal offence it should be. I await to find out who is to blame...then they should be made to pay - big time.

Neil Harrison said...

I couldn't agree more, Clive. Just need to wait until we've got all the facts and know who to point that anger at...

Vassili Papastavrou said...

If it transpires that the trees were taken down without permission, those responsible should be required to pay the full CAVAT value of the trees
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1897391/Britains-most-expensive-tree-is-750000-Mayfair-plane.html

Clive Stevens said...

So its nearly 2 weeks. What's th position please ? The full value of those trees is over a hundred grand. Maybe that should be paid to the local residents who have lost the visual beauty and privacy given by those trees?

Neil Harrison said...

The planning officer (Peter Westbury) has been down for a site visit and is awaiting a reply from the developers. The tree officer (Ben Rose) has been away (sick, I think) and is expected back on Monday. I will be looking for a full update on Tuesday - I'm away Monday at a conference on waste management.