A second planning application has now been submitted to fell yet more trees on Penarth Head – on the campus of Headlands School.
The trees in the grounds of Headlands School are some of the largest in Penarth and form a major part of the Headland scenery – the “Pen yr Arth” – and contribute much of the headland’s distinctive green and leafy look when viewed from across the Bay .
There are now no fewer than two separate planning applications requesting council permission to carry out tree-felling on the campus of Headlands School.
On June 22nd 2016 the first tree-felling planning application was made by contractors Mitie Landscapes Ltd to fell 19 prominent mature trees in the grounds of Headlands School – all of which have Tree Preservation Orders on them. This first Headlands scheme would involve felling:-
- 1 X horse-chestnut,
- 4 X sycamores,
- 1 X holm oak,
- 2 X cherry trees x 2,
- 1 X Ash (snapped limb)
In July 2016 Penarth Town Council’s planning committee voted to recommend that the Vale of Glamorgan Council should refuse to permit the tree felling.
On that occasion the chairman of the planning committee, Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell), left the meeting after declaring a conflict of interest – as he is a governor of Headlands School. (A report of the full July debate in the Penarth Town Council Planning Committee is on http://tinyurl.com/je97wx2 )
The Vale Council itself has still not announced whether a final decision on whether this (first) scheme can go ahead.
On September 14th 2016 however, the taxpayer-funded “charity” Action for Children – which operates Headlands School – submitted a second tree-felling planning application which would involve the felling of several additional trees on the Headlands campus. This new application asks the Vale Council to grant permission to
- Fell or reduce “a number of trees within TPO No. 01-2010” .
The agents for the September 14th application are Humphreys Tree Services. Neither Penarth Council nor the Vale of Glamorgan Council have yet considered this second application as it is still barely a week old and still in the process of consultation. The actual number of trees to be felled in this application has not yet been published.
On Saturday September 17th tree surgeons with a Humphreys vehicle were at work on the Headland School site – although it’s not clear which trees were receiving attention that day.