The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now been forced to reveal the full extent the controversial tree-felling and tree-pollarding it is has carried out on the streets of Penarth .
Prominent environmental campaigner Anne Greagsby has lodged formal Freedom of Information request with the Vale Council which has required it to disclose – for the first time – the full details of the number of street-trees which it has felled, and pollarded, in Penarth over the last two years – and their locations.
There is growing concern in the town about the removal of Penarth’s distinctive street-trees and the Vale Council’s failure to replace trees it has felled.
There are also worries about the aggressive “pollarding” of living trees carried out by the Labour-controlled Vale Council to restrict their natural growth – which many residents say has left some trees looking stunted and struggling to survive.
TREES FELLED IN PENARTH 2015:-
- Mountjoy Avenue – 1 Tree
- Clive Place – 1 Tree
- Cliff Road – 1 Tree
- Fairfield Road – 1 Tree
- Lavernock Road – 1 Tree
- Marine Parade – 1 Tree
- Paget Road (Junction of Queen Rd) – 1 Tree
- Plymouth Road – 1 Tree
- Salisbury Avenue (Side of Archer Road) – 1 Tree
- Victoria Road – 2 Trees
- Windsor Road – 1 Tree
TREES FELLED IN PENARTH 2016 to date:-
- Cwrt Y Vil – 1 Tree
- Augusta Road – 2 Trees
- Llandaff Close – 1 Tree
Total 4 (to date)
TREES POLLARDED IN PENARTH 2015:-
- Cornerswell Road– 1 Tree
- Hickman Road – All Trees (20)
- Windsor Road – All Trees (33)
- Plymouth Road – 1 Tree
- Clinton Road – 1 Tree
TREE POLLARDED IN PENARTH 2016:-
- Beach Road – 1 Tree (to date)
Anne Greagsby also asked the Vale Council to detail its costings – but the Vale replied “no costing’s available” ( sic) .
The council also declared that there is no programme for pollarding trees in Penarth for the next 2 years – and no program to fell any further trees in Penarth for the next 2 years. However the council added the caveat that “Dead, dying or diseased trees will be felled”.
Crucially, Ms Greagsby (who is a member of Penarth Civic Society) had also asked the council to provide her with details of “any ‘Tree Replacement’ programme for 2016/2017 for Penarth.”
All the council would say in reply is that “If funding is available new trees will be planted where a need has been identified”.
This appears to suggest that street trees will only be replaced if the relevant council department has been allocated the funds to do so and, on top of that, it is now apparently necessary for local residents to prove there is a “need” to replace the individual tree in question.
PDN NOTE: In some cases in answering the questions the Vale of Glamorgan Council has – rather than give a figure – just used the word “all“. In those cases PDN has counted the trees as shown for each street on Google Earth and inserted the actual figure.