Friday, 1 March 2013
What's going on on the Heath?
UPDATE: The Council has now spoken to Redrow and will be going through with them what the want to do and what is allowed under the planning conditions. We don't know yet if they have actually broken any of them but work will stop until a discussion takes place and they are clear about what they and can't do.
The digger was hacking into the ground and damaging trees. When challenged residents were told that the company doing the work had been paid to remove the trees etc.
It was claimed the Council had told them to do this but many of us smelled a rat. In fact it turns out that Redrow housing, wanting to hand the management of the site over to a particular company, wanted the trees taken out to "make it easier". These are silver birches. They are not diseased, or dangerous.
Anyway, we've (that's me, and Richard Oglethorpe and residents) have been in touch with planning enforcement and with any luck they'll be able to enforce any conditions on that land to protect the trees if the conditions exist.
It's a mystery to me why those who were meant to be managing the land didn't bother to inform or consult residents.