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” .
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.