Stafford shops closing - Turning into a ghost town?

kyoto49

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Ha Ha! Dear me! Where I work we have been volunteering with Cannock Council & Forest of Mercia to help create an urban forest. We planted nearly 1,300 saplings in two days recently!.
Thats so good. I've been trying to get my local Councillor to sort trees in suitable places along Holmcroft Road, Stone Road and the local fields and have given up. The council are still in the dark ages, but have ticked the 'declare climate emergency' box. Dinosaurs the lot of them :(
 

proactive

Enjoying a drop of red.
Thats so good. I've been trying to get my local Councillor to sort trees in suitable places along Holmcroft Road, Stone Road and the local fields and have given up.
He's way to busy finding ways to get this face in the papers to deal with shit like trees.

If only you could extoll the link between planting trees and a photo opportunity, you might have more luck.
 

The Notorious A.N.T.

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Thats so good. I've been trying to get my local Councillor to sort trees in suitable places along Holmcroft Road, Stone Road and the local fields and have given up. The council are still in the dark ages, but have ticked the 'declare climate emergency' box. Dinosaurs the lot of them :(
Might be worth getting in touch with these guys & seeing if they can help. They will even supply the trees.

 

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airbusA346

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Trees when planted in urban environments often cause structural problems. Seen plenty of pavements bulging up, creating trip hazards. There's loads of trees been planted in the fields of Walton High School.

Fairway is in a shocking state because of the tree roots along there.
 

kyoto49

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Fairway is in a shocking state because of the tree roots along there.
So what, seriously, we have I don't know how many beautiful trees along River way cleaning the air, protecting us from the heat in the summer and providing homes for numerous creatures and insects and you're worried about a bumpy pavement? It's this attitude that has got us to where we are in this world. Learn to live WITH nature, enjoy it. The pavement is quite passable, and whilst I appreciate its unhelpful to blind people, the benefits to the wider population is massive. Next people will be arguing that we chop all trees down along side roads in case someone goes too fast and crashes in to one :(
 

timmo

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So what, seriously, we have I don't know how many beautiful trees along River way cleaning the air, protecting us from the heat in the summer and providing homes for numerous creatures and insects and you're worried about a bumpy pavement? It's this attitude that has got us to where we are in this world. Learn to live WITH nature, enjoy it. The pavement is quite passable, and whilst I appreciate its unhelpful to blind people, the benefits to the wider population is massive. Next people will be arguing that we chop all trees down along side roads in case someone goes too fast and crashes in to one :(
Depends if your mum in law has tripped over one of these pushed up roots and seriously injured her face.
 

Mudgie

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So what, seriously, we have I don't know how many beautiful trees along River way cleaning the air, protecting us from the heat in the summer and providing homes for numerous creatures and insects and you're worried about a bumpy pavement? It's this attitude that has got us to where we are in this world. Learn to live WITH nature, enjoy it. The pavement is quite passable, and whilst I appreciate its unhelpful to blind people, the benefits to the wider population is massive. Next people will be arguing that we chop all trees down along side roads in case someone goes too fast and crashes in to one :(
"Next people will be arguing that we chop all trees down along side roads in case someone goes too fast and crashes in to one"
That's already happened to a mature oak tree between Stafford and Gnosall because a youngster didn't respect the speed limit.
 

airbusA346

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So what, seriously, we have I don't know how many beautiful trees along River way cleaning the air, protecting us from the heat in the summer and providing homes for numerous creatures and insects and you're worried about a bumpy pavement? It's this attitude that has got us to where we are in this world. Learn to live WITH nature, enjoy it. The pavement is quite passable, and whilst I appreciate its unhelpful to blind people, the benefits to the wider population is massive. Next people will be arguing that we chop all trees down along side roads in case someone goes too fast and crashes in to one :(
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Your reply doesn't surprise me. And I'm not talking about Riverway.

I am disabled and have fallen over on Fairway (first and only time of going along there) because of those roots. Cutting the palms on both of my hands open as a result.

Add in all the leaves and **** that come off the trees and the bumps and cracks become invisible, making it even harder to walk along there.

The pavement could be easily sorted by relaying the tarmac above the height of the roots.


The council also need to check all the trees on the Kingsmead/St Georges junction after (what looks like) the biggest one came down on Friday night/Saturday morning blocking the pavement. If someone had been walking along there at the time, they would have been 🤬 after the trunk landed on the pavement. After all pedestrian safety is more important than a few trees.
 

kyoto49

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Fairway is in a shocking state because of the tree roots along there.
So what, seriously, we have I don't know how many beautiful trees along River way cleaning the air, protecting us from the heat in the summer and providing homes for numerous creatures and insects and you're worried about a bumpy pavement? It's this attitude that has got us to where we are in this world. Learn to live WITH nature, enjoy it. The pavement is quite passable, and whilst I appreciate its unhelpful to blind people, the benefits to the wider population is massive. Next people will be arguing that we chop all trees down along side roads in case someone goes too fast and crashes in to one :(
:roll:

Your reply doesn't surprise me. And I'm not talking about Riverway.

I am disabled and have fallen over on Fairway (first and only time of going along there) because of those roots. Cutting the palms on both of my hands open as a result.

Add in all the leaves and **** that come off the trees and the bumps and cracks become invisible, making it even harder to walk along there.

The pavement could be easily sorted by relaying the tarmac above the height of the roots.


The council also need to check all the trees on the Kingsmead/St Georges junction after (what looks like) the biggest one came down on Friday night/Saturday morning blocking the pavement. If someone had been walking along there at the time, they would have been 🤬 after the trunk landed on the pavement. After all pedestrian safety is more important than a few trees.
You said it yourself, the pavement could easily be sorted, the trees aren't the problem. I'm totally sympathetic to people who need a totally flat surface to walk on but the removal of trees just causes more issues than it fixes. We can't live in a padded room and remove danger, we have to do what's best on balance for the majority. The car is by far the most dangerous thing most of us use daily, should we ban them as they kill thousands each year? Don't answer that!!
 

tek-monkey

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Perhaps if you were we’d be better off

Start by mandating all new developments have plenty of car charging facilities
And driveways made essential, solar panels on all available roofs, under floor heating as standard so heat pumps are at least viable without a complete retrofit. Lots of things that can be done cheaply at the start for a much better experience.
 
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