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Another tree gone!

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by 1JKz, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. 1JKz

    1JKz Well-Known Forumite

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    I've been distraught since seeing a tree felled on the Weston Road yesterday morning (26.10.14)

    Yesterday, at approximately 10am, i drove into the Weston Road from Riverway, i saw a tree (what i presumed) being trimmed, but within the hour chopped down to a stump.

    I see this as a severe blunder in weakening the character of the road, and of course, Stafford!
     
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  3. Gramaisc

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    Did a tree along there not come down into the road on a windy day a while ago? Or am I imagining it?

    Maybe this one was deemed to be in a 'dangerous' condition. Few of these avenue trees ever seem to get replaced, maybe the new saplings just wouldn't survive the attentions of nefarious passers-by....
     
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    It did indeed.
     
  5. 1JKz

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    ...and did any stay up?

    ALL TREES ARE KILLERS!!
    ...argghhhhh, run for the treeless hills
     
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    Heck, why have trees at all!
     
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    RoSPA were trying to avoid the replanting of trees that were felled in the Great 1987 Michael Fish Storm, if they were in 'dangerous locations' - such as nasty bends in the road, etc. Not sure what happened about that...
     
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    Tetchy touchy towns (Stafford for example) try to (imo) cut trees down and never replace them, trees need looking after and that costs money and if there isn't a tree there, it doesn't need looking after!

    I've a good mind to move to Shrewsbury, they're a tree huggin' happy bunch and it's a bloomin' boomin' marvellous place, it's no coincidence that they have lots of trees (and oldy worldy buildings*) and the place is rammed full of business and people wanting to spend; spend; spend!

    Anyway, I've sent an email to Highways Agency, it's the least I can do.
    I made the mistake of sending an email to a "tree officer" for Stafford Council, only to be told it's not their area!?

    *slightly of subject
     
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    I imagine it doesn't fall under the Highway Agency's remit either.
     
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    A load of trees on Westway appear to have been completely butchered with chain saws. They look a very sorry sight and obviously won't grow back.
     
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    Corporation st have lost a few this month aswell
     
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    They will grow back with aplomb. They do exactly the same to trees on eastgate st and willows in the park. They get butchered it seems but always grow back very quickly.
    stafford does have a tree issue, cut down they are never replaced and new developments never have them. Go to stoke they plant every where, new trees near station, roundabouts, uni. 8 new houses built off leek road, 12 new trees. Stafford cannot match that.

    At tillington hotel plans have been passed to fell 2 mature trees with the condition by planning are replaced in 12 months. We will see.
     
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    A few replies from a "tree officer" working for our council


    I have no idea whether any additional trees were felled as we are not Staffordshire County Highways we are Stafford Borough Council and do not manage highway trees as this is Staffordshire County Council (Highway Authority), therefore you need to contact them about the management of their trees.
    However, location details would be very helpful as it is difficult to advise whether we at Stafford Borough Council have had comments regarding the tree, maybe under any proposed planning within the location.
    Should you have any further queries in this matter then please don’t hesitate to contact me.
    Kind regards,
    Craig Watkins
    Tree Officer
    Stafford Borough Council

    You may be right you may not be speaking to the right person, if the tree is on Staffordshire County Council Land then you need to speak to them, if the tree is located on Stafford Borough Council or part of a proposed development then I may be able to help, but since you haven’t clearly identified the exact location of the tree then I find it difficult to be able offer assistance i.e is the tree located in a verge or footpath, is it adjacent to land associated with the current development taking place on the along Riverway etc?
    Kind regards,
    Craig Watkins
    Tree Officer


    Thank you for identifying the tree location. Now, I’m able to advise you, that Staffordshire County Council is the Authority you need to contact as we (as I said previously) do not manage highway trees, as we are not the highways authority, so let’s hope they have a report.
    No, I’m not in charge of highway tree in the Stafford area.
    Regards,
    Craig

    Is it just me?

     
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    Those trees are 'butchered' as you call it every two years. It's actually called pruning and is the best thing for the continued well being of the trees. By next summer they will look their usual selves.
     
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    If it's the responsibility of SCC how do you expect the borough council guy to know?!
     
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    Pollarding.

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    Same to you, Grandad!!
     
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    Shudder...
     
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    Fair enough, they may well re-grow in some way but it looks bloody horrible.
     

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