The horse-chestnut in Clive Place which was felled today

The horse-chestnut in Clive Place which was felled today

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.

The stump of the horse-chestnut which used to grow on Clive Place

Today only the stump remains of the horse-chestnut which used to grow on Clive Place

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.

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is a former Mayor of Penarth

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

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”.

Almost twice the height of the old mast alongside, the new faux-timber mast has enraged local residents who said today it should never have been permitted in the conservation area

Last year in Clive Place the Vale Council permitted the installation of an unsightly new faux-timber mobile phone mast – twice the height of the original one even though it is in the Penarth Conservation Area. Local residents said today the council never refuses applications to install mobile phone masts but one by one is getting rid of Penarth’s trees.

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.


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  1. anne says:

    Not again. Why are the people of Penarth not consulted? A. Because people will say NO. Tree cages – just the latest ridiculous excuse to get out of planting trees. Our elected representatives are letting us all down. Have they forgotten there’s an election next year. Sack the lot of them. Will any of them be there tonight at the civic society meeting?

  2. Frank Evans says:

    How about a local penarth planning rax. Every new extension 100 quid goes to keep penarth the leafy garden by the sea.

    • Martin gossage says:

      Ah but ,what about the extensions that are put up without permission. Does the council have to give back the £100 that hasn’t been paid yet . No hang on, they pay the £100 then get refused permission but the council keeps the £100 . Wow that will be a lot of £100 ,s

  3. Lumber Jack says:

    A phone mast looks as good as that dismembered monster conker tree in Augusta Road

  4. Cathy says:

    Excellent idea Frank – how about every planning application has to plant tree

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