So it’s official, the decision has been made. The 14 lime trees on Edgar Street are to be removed. But bizarrely the council aren’t to blame! Shock horror!
No, it appears that Highways Agency (HA) are the guilty party. They are planning a road widening scheme in order to reduce congestion on Edgar Street. And it turns out that the HA don’t need to apply for planning permission!! But due to the controversy surrounding the plans they have agreed to plant trees to replace the ones that are being chopped. Wow, thanks.
Clearly this could have been avoided if the HA and the planners behind the ESG had put their heads together earlier. The widening could then have eaten into the ESG site rather than the trees. But then politicians aren’t known for their joined up thinking. Although the council aren’t directly to blame, the scheme does fit in with their intense love of new roads, so we doubt they will be challenging it.
So where does this leave those of us who support the conservation of green spaces in our town. Clearly letters and emails of complaint aren’t worth toffee, the same goes for petitions, when did a pile of signatures last stop a road being built? There comes a time when direct action is the only tool left, what form that direct action this takes is down to how much people want to save these trees.