Despite vociferous protests on social media, there’s to be no last-minute reprieve for the horse-chestnut tree outside No 13 Augusta Road , Penarth.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now posted a notice on the tree proclaiming that it is to be felled on Thursday April 21st – and that motorists should avoid parking in the vicinity on that day.
The tree has been the subject of a long running dispute and a protest petition – signed by dozens of residents of Augusta Road after they found tree surgeons working for the council had already amputated its branches.
Thirty five residents – including next door neighbours Sir Derek Jones and his wife Lady Fiona – had sent the petition to “the Leader, Cabinet and Councillors of the Vale of Glamorgan” pointing out that the tree was perfectly healthy and should be spared – but it was all, it seems, to no avail.
The Labour-controlled Vale Council, which has a policy of not replacing pavement-trees in what was once “leafy Penarth“, has already felled other trees in the same street leaving just unsightly bare stumps or concrete patches behind .
Today Plaid Cymru’s Welsh Assembly candidate for the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency, Dafydd Trystan Davies, paid a visit in person to Augusta Road to see the tree and acknowledge the campaign organised to defend it .