[Announce] VERY URGENT - Please stand up for the Alexandra Gardens trees!

John Lawton chair at soscambridge.org.uk
Tue Feb 22 12:04:03 GMT 2011


Dear All,

I am sorry to tell you that the three trees in Alexandra Gardens 
under dire threat of felling since late last year are not saved.

A tremendous campaign run by local residents of the Alexandra Gardens 
Tree Group, and their very thorough investigation into the problems 
suffered by a property over the road from the park led to a detailed 
report which they supplied to the council.

This report concluded that the trees are UNLIKELY to be the source of 
the problem with the house.  Curiously an initial private council 
briefing report for councillors did not include the resident's report at all.

The latest public consultation document now does, but again curiously 
omits the resident group's arboricultural consultant's report - 
perhaps because it found that the trees were not to blame, and 
contradicted their own consultant's report.

The officers are sticking to their previous position and are 
recommending a huge 70% reduction in the tree canopies of these 
trees. The trees have already been reduced by 30% in the past.

Behind this position it appears that the council is afraid that 
unless they go along with the wishes of the insurance companies 
involved, they may eventually have to fight them in court, so they 
are willing to sacrifice the three trees involved.

But it is even more serious than that, because other park trees 
facing nearby Alpha Road may also be under threat from insurance 
claims, and if the current trees get chopped then it sets a very 
disturbing precedent and the whole park could then be under threat of 
the same treatment.

If that happened what would be the fate of other city trees?

There are other options for helping the householders involved, who 
have said they do not want the trees harmed. To absolve all blame 
from the trees, a root barrier could be installed near to the 
property, and the building should then be properly repaired, using 
methods able to cope with seasonal ground movement.

But according to the council, there are no other options, in fact 
they have dismissed all other options suggested to them!

YOU HAVE TO ASK, AFTER ALL THIS, CAN THE COUNCIL REALLY BE TRUSTED 
WITH OUR CITY TREES?

THE ALEXANDRA GARDENS TREES MUST NOT BE REDUCED ANY FURTHER

PLEASE PERSUADE COUNCILLORS TO STAND UP FOR THE TREES. .

There is currently a public consultation, details are on the bottom 
of the attached flyer.

WRITE NOW to that address, AND to your local councillors, AND the 
councillors on the planning committee, and Councillor Rod Cantrill 
who, as executive councillor, will take the final decision.

Ask them to stand up for the trees against the demands of the 
insurance companies!

Please also write to the local papers.

Members of the planning committee can be found here:

http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/democracy/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=181

and your local councillors (and Cllr Cantrill) can be found here:

http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/democracy/mgFindCouncillor.aspx

I have attached a flyer from the Alexandra Gardens Tree Group with 
more information.

There is also much more information on their website, and ours too!

Note that even if you wrote in last year, you must write again with 
another objection!!

Don't forget to include your name and full postal address in order to 
be counted(!)   The deadline is the 28th February.

Regards,

John Lawton
SOS Chair

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