Update on Meteor Ford tree protest
Just an update on the protest against the cutting down of
the mature chestnut tree on the Meteor Ford site, corner of Oxford Road and St
Marys Row, Moseley.
After a 4 hour stand-off between protestors (including
myself and Councillor Ernie Hendricks) and the contractor, the police mediated
between us. The contractor agree to suspend any more operations for today, so
that the local Ward Councillors could talk to planning to see if anything could
be done to protect the tree or stop it being cut down.
Just for some background: the contractor tried to cut the
tree down two Sundays ago. A local resident contacted Councillor Ernie
Hendricks, who then went straight out to the contractor who was setting up to
chop down the tree. Ernie them told that that as far as he was aware, they did
not having planning permission to cut down the tree, since it was a condition
of the planning permission for the Tesco’s supermarket that it was retained.
The contractor then agreed to stop work.
Further investigation by Ernie, has shown that the developer
wants the tree removed, since its roots would be in the way. Ernie asked for
evidence to support this and why the development could not be altered, so as to
retain the tree. So far no evidence has been provided.
Then this morning at 8.20am, Ernie is telephoned by the same
resident, to say the contractors have started removing some of the branches.
Ernie went straight out and stood under the tree to stop the work and then
contacted me..........and I e-mailed, twitter and telephone everyone to help
join the protest.
I attach photos, showing the tree in question, plus photos
from the protest.