Today, Shropshire Wildlife Trust (SWT) carried out its plans to fell an oak tree on Whitcliffe Common. The trust has reacted poorly throughout an affair that has divided our town. We need to learn the lessons from this.
For this oak tree, and the wildlife that sheltered in it, it is over. It has been felled. The freezing fog this morning was probably not the best time for all the bugs and beasties that live in oaks to find a new host. I guess they are now on their way to compost.
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Shropshire Wildlife Trust will today issue a press statement on the controversial plans to fell two semi-mature oak trees on Whitcliffe Common to improve views for visitors. Their position is that one tree should be felled and the other preserved. The tree that will be lost stands to the left as you look from the top of the common by the toposcope and parking area.
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The Environment Agency has stated in no uncertain terms that it objects to plans to sink petrol storage tanks at the proposed garage on the junction of Bromfield Road and Coronation Avenue. In its objection, the agency says: “We would question the need for the design change which could, ultimately, increase the risk to groundwater.” That’s exactly the objection the rest of us have been making.
The proposal breaks national and local planning rules, and conflicts with Environment Agency guidance. It should be thrown out and the developer should get on with developing this site.
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Ludlow is no stranger to controversy. We are a busy town, medieval in origin with a streetscape to match. We are also a working and tourist town, and one that is proud of its green credentials. As a rule of thumb, a local councillor’s inbox is dominated by emails on new developments, parking and trees, followed closely by litter, dog poo and other antisocial behaviour.
This month it has been trees dominating my inbox. The proposal to fell two semi-mature oaks on Whitcliffe Common to ensure that locals and visitors can enjoy the view towards Ludlow has stirred a lot of people to make passionate arguments for and against (16/03003/TCA). I am not in favour.
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There’s a plan to build a new education centre on the Teme at Dinham. It’s really exciting.
When I first heard of these plans, I wasn’t certain how this scheme would work. We don’t have much space available at Dinham and, instinctively, it is not a place to be putting up more buildings. After meeting Mike Morris, deputy director of the Severn Rivers Trust on site last week, I am thrilled by the idea. This could be a new tourist attraction as well as an education centre.
The idea is to build an education centre on the west bank of the Teme near Dinham weir. This site is currently an unmanaged field. It has a degree of biodiversity but is otherwise rough vegetation.
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