In a modest victory for concerned local residents one of the vandalised two saplings which had been planted in specially-designed pavement-tree apertures in Plymouth Road has been replaced by the Vale of Glamorgan Council .
Local residents were worried about the tree-planting policy of the council and saw it as a threat to the character of Plymouth Road when both the recently planted trees were removed – one apparently torn down by vandals and the other sawn down at its base.
The incident was seen as a test for the tree strategy of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Under pressure from Penarth Civic Society which campaigns or the preservation of the traditional tree-lined look of Penarth’s streets the Vale Council agreed to consult on the felling of any pavement trees prior to taking any action.
In some cases e trees need to be replaced because of damage being done by the roots but the council had never given an undertaking that they would replace a felled tree with a sapling in exactly the same location. At least on this occasion – a tree has been replaced. But whether a replacement is planted for the second tree to be removed is yet to be seen