|How the Trees Looked in July|
The Town Council's Highways and Planning Committee to its credit has tried to get to the bottom of this travesty. In the minutes of its 5th December meeting it was reported that the chain-saw wielding Borough:
Firstly tried to blame local residents for damaging the trees in the first place, despite claiming on its web site that it will "ensure that trees on public land are retained wherever possible and are given appropriate protection from the effects of development and construction activities.."
Secondly revealed that the "works" were approved by the 100% Lib Dem Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee.
Thirdly admitted that the trees were not on publicly owned land in the first place. It's a shame they didn't bother to find that out before they sent in the publicy financed chain saws.
Finally have stated that the trees will not be replaced, despite claiming on their web site that "A range of species will be selected for new and replacement planting taking into account their suitability to each site."
While they thought the trees were on public land, the Council had the "full intention of making a claim for enforcement and criminal damage against the resident." But now they find they have destroyed trees on somebody else's land, they are washing their hands of the whole matter.