Councillors and Poet Back Our Trees!







Cllr Julie Cattell has reported the ghastly billboard covering up our Community Elms to the Planning Enforcement Team.

“Planning officers are actively looking into it,’ Julie said.  ‘Such a hoarding would generally need advertisement consent.  To date, no application has been submitted. 

 ‘Where an advert does not have the right consent we will consider taking enforcement action.

 ‘We’re checking ownership of that piece of land.  If an advert has been planted on council land without consent we could remove it without invoking planning rules – if that’s decided to be the correct course of action.’

Directional Media, who are selling the ad space, refused to tell us who owns the board, but they will be required to tell the Council when served with an enforcement notice.

Meanwhile Cllr Leo Littman has passed on this message of support from Ogden Nash 😉

I think that I shall never see
a billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I’ll never see a tree at all.

It’s called Song of the Open Road. Drivers stuck in the traffic jams leading to the bridge may appreciate the irony, with the billboard right in their faces.

The Argus has run the story too.

Free Our Tree!

IMG_1885This billboard just went up in front of the New England railway bridge. And in front of the two elms we had planted, as part of our community trees project, to make the spot a less ugly and gloomy place. They are Golden Elms, specially chosen for their glorious bright leaves.

You can barely see the one on the right now. The hoarding has blocked out nearly all its light and space to grow. If the hoarding stays, this young elm will probably die. Its companion will doubtless suffer too.

This is a staggeringly crass and insensitive installation. We’ll do our best to get rid of it. Keep watching this space.