The tree outside No ( Paget Place is in the centre of the picture (Google earth)

The tree – outside No 9 Paget Place –  is the second along- on the left. (Photo Google Earth)

A large pavement tree outside No. 9 Paget Place is reported to be under threat of  being felled.

The tree forms part of a distinctive “tree tunnel” formed by evenly-spaced pavement trees which form an arch across the roadway and were planted possibly as much as a century ago on both sides of the road.

Members of Penarth Civic Society  [who have negotiated an agreement with the Vale of Glamorgan Council that they will be consulted prior to the removal of any highway trees in Penarth ] are asking to see the council’s  “arboricultural report” which asserts that the tree needs to be felled.

The Civic Society members say  that they  need to “understand the  pre-requisite and pedigree of the report” – and in particular whether this report was commissioned as a “one-off” or is “part of a wider review of trees in Paget Place”.

Members are calling for any tree-felling to be put on hold until there has been a meeting with council officers and, if there is a genuine reason for  the tree to be taken-down they also want an  agreement on its replacement “during the current planting season” .

A protective plywood  box protects the highway tree outside the site of Rebecca Evans's new home in Park Road

A protective plywood casing protects the highway tree outside the site of Rebecca Evans’s new home in Park Road (Photo John Clark)

Meanwhile on Park Road, Penarth contractors building a new house for the world famous singer Rebecca Evans  have gone to extraordinary lengths to protect a Penarth pavement tree outside what will be her new home.

Although it appears they were not under any oblication to do so under the terms of the planning permission – the contractors, Knox and Wells, have given the tree “cotton-wool” treatment by installing a protective plywood box around the trunk to prevent accidental damage to the bark by heavy plant and machinery.

Work on the new house – which went through a protracted planning process – is now well under way, with most of the steel framework now in position.


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  1. Jonny says:

    Am I correct in thinking the president of Penarth Civic Society was involved in the proposed Northcliffe development which would have involved the felling of a number of trees? Or is that someone else?

  2. Mgg says:

    I think i”involved “is an ambigious statement. Certainly I believe he is the architect who was asked to design x number of flats on an x acre site. All,components from then are at the behest of VOG planning where the necessary proof of need to cut down the trees involved would be vetted. it is the same vetting that Penarth Society are ensuring takes place with regard to “public places ” i.e. the pavement. So no conflict as veto always goes to VOG . Don’t think its any architects job to second guess VOG process.

  3. Modom says:

    Yes, the pavement is distorted, but this can be dealt with by special cutting and flexible covering… need to cut yet another precious tree down.

  4. Modom says:

    This BBC One Show link refers to the fight with the Council in Sheffield, all about trees. Have a look at 11.12 mins.
    Some very interesting points with regard to why they should remain……

  5. Dr Ceinwen Sawyer says:

    Whoever planted trees in pavements all those years ago was obviously unaware of the devastating effects on being able to negotiate the pavement. For all those with visual impairment, a mobility problem or who are old and frail, encountering the disruption a tree in a pavement causes makes it impossible to walk safely. If a few more people sued the council as they do for falling over loose paving stones then we might begin to see the end of them. However, people with mobility problems probably don’t use the pavements simply because of the difficulty encountered. I wish all tree huggers would ask for more trees to be planted in Cosmeston. I would like to see ALL tree pavements removed and the pavements made SAFE.

    • Jane Foster says:

      Nice try. If you had ever been to Paget Place you would see that any paving stones had been removed years ago and replaced by Tarmac.

      The main disruption to using the pedestrian walkways on Paget Place is on recycling collection day where the empty plastic bins are just thrown down any which way and the householders can’t collect them until they’re home from work.

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