Yet another Penarth pavement-tree has been felled by the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council today – a horse-chestnut growing in Clive Place – an area of Penarth which is being progressively denuded of trees.
The tree grew on the Southern side of Clive Place . It had caused no pavement disruption and local householders were at a loss to know why it had been taken down. All that is now left of the tree is a bare stump.
A Vale Council spokesman said it had not been intended to remove he Clive Place tree today – but when tree surgeons had examined it they had found it was “badly diseased” and had no alternative but to remove it. A disease called “bleeding canker” is said to be affecting horse-chestnut trees in Penarth.
There is supposed to be an agreement between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Civic Society that there will be consultation before any pavement trees are removed but in this case there was no time for prior consultation took place today.
This week Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) who sits on Penarth Town Council, has told The Penarth Times that the character of Penarth’s Conservation Area is not being properly maintained and a lack of replacements for trees which are taken out is affecting the nature of the area.
He says “ Many trees have been ripped out when they become dangerous or diseased but a suitable replacement has not been planted to restore the street scene”
The Vale Council says it is replacing street trees by planting trees in parks – but is not replacing street trees actually in the streets. It says were it to do so, it would have to install “root-guards” to prevent subsequent insurance claims.
Critics say the implementation of this policy means – in effect – that over time all the trees in Penarth’s streets will be lost. Penarth will no longer be “leafy Penarth”.
One angry resident said – “If a mobile phone company wants to put up a huge mobile phone mast on the pavement in Clive Place local councillors fall over themselves to give planning permission – and yet, when it comes to trees, they sanction this sort of thing”.
Next week the Vale Council says it intends to saw-down a large horse-chestnut in Augusta Road despite a petition raised by local residents and a widespread social media campaign.