Category: Environment

Lamppost saves Ludlow tree from felling for CCTV camera

Update: Ludlow Town Council has agreed to move the camera to the adjacent lamppost. A couple of weeks ago, Ludlow Town Council proposed removing a good looking and healthy Whitebeam from Station Drive, just opposite the GP surgery. The reason was that it grown into a semi-mature tree and was obscuring the vision of a CCTV camera. After some confusion, and objections from town councillors, myself and Tracey Huffer, the county arboriculturalist said he was minded to issue a tree preservation order to protect “a well-established, early mature tree growing in an appropriate space (biologically speaking) in an urban environment.” In the end the solution was simple. Put the CCTV camera on Station Drive on the adjacent lamppost. A final decision will be made by the town council on Monday 7 September. Councillors should also call for a comprehensive planting plan for the narrow strip of land between Station Drive and the Galdeford car park.

Letter on felling of tree on Station Drive, Ludlow from Andy Boddington and Tracey Huffer

Update Councillors have rejected the felling of the tree, saying they could not justify ordering the removal of a tree while criticising others for doing the same. Initially, the camera will not be turned on until a solution is found. Main article Sent to Shropshire Council and Ludlow Town Council today. We write to object to Ludlow Town Council’s plans to fell a tree between Station Drive and Galdeford car park. We are surprised that this matter hadn’t been raised earlier. CCTV contractors are due to begin on site less than two weeks from now. The CCTV upgrade project has been in discussion since at least 2016 and funding has been in place for at least a year. Shropshire Council should not feel pressured into making a hasty decision because the request from Ludlow Town Council has come late in the process. Shropshire Council should make the right decision and in our view that should be to retain the tree.

Ludlow Town Council plans to axe tree on Station Drive for CCTV – a coherent tree management plan is needed for this area

Update Councillors have rejected the felling of the tree, saying they could not justify ordering the removal of a tree while criticising others for doing the same. Initially, the camera will not be turned on until a solution is found. Main Article Ludlow Town Council wants to remove or heavily cut back a tree on Station Drive to allow work on a CCTV camera and to ensure that the lens has a clear view. We need CCTV in the centre of town. But we also need trees and greenery. Over the years, the Ludlow centre has a lot of a green canopy and I am not happy about another tree going. The tree is close to the top of Station Drive and is owned by Shropshire Council. It one of best trees along the west edge of the road. I think it is a Whitebeam. It is not protected and probably not distinctive enough to qualify for a tree preservation order. If the tree must go, Ludlow Town Council and Shropshire Council should draw up a comprehensive planting plan for the narrow strip of land between Station Drive and the Galdeford car park. A decision on the tree’s future will…

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Shropshire Council still hasn’t put the emergency into climate emergency – I despair at its slow pace

Shropshire Council must have been taking lessons from Sir Humphrey Appleby. You will remember him as the permanent secretary who advised and cajoled the hapless James Hacker. When the politics of the moment were tough and when decisions were stalled by inaction and indecision, Sir Humphrey would recommend a review, a committee, anything that would not disrupt the inertia that drives all bureaucracies towards their natural state of inaction. That is all too often Shropshire Council’s approach to the environmental issues of our day. The council declared a climate emergency in May 2019. But we learnt from Shropshire Council’s scrutiny meeting a week ago that the council’s action plan on climate change will not be considered by the council until September, 18 months after the climate emergency was declared. Any council that took climate change seriously, would have presented its plan at last December’s meeting, or at its meeting in February.

Viv Parry to challenge Shropshire Council on mowing of verges and destruction of wildflowers

At next Wednesday’s meeting of the Performance Management Scrutiny Committee, Viv Parry will challenge Shropshire Council on its verge mowing policy. Until ten days ago, we had a great array of wildflowers on verges in and around Ludlow. The verges had not been mown for weeks due to the Covid-19 emergency. Wildflowers decorated verges, bringing colour to road edges and supporting biodiversity. But in the last ten days, verges around Ludlow have been mowed flat and in the warmth of late May and late June have become parched. Uninteresting to the eye. Impoverished for biodiversity. Road safety must always take precedence but there are many verges that do not need to be cut. Reducing mowing will save money, boost biodiversity and bring some colour to our verges.

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