Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Rotten Borough



Kingston Council's works to fell many of the iconic poplar trees along Malden Green is continuing - and has generated a healthy debate here on the blog. 

'Coffee Man' has e-mailed me this picture of one of the felled trees and it you don't have to be a brain (or tree) surgeon to see that the tree was not in the best of condition, which appears to support Kingston Council's decision to take down the tree on safety grounds. 

That said, other blog readers have reported spotting felled trees that looked to be in a healthy state.

Keep the photographic evidence coming!

11 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Devlanmud said...

I drove past yesterday when they were felling them and noticed the rot. The council were right to fell them, before a strong wind droped them across the road.
It looked like there was new planting there when I came back in the evening.

axlrocky said...

if thats the state of the middle of the trees I would be more worried about the size of the wood worms than anything else - it'll be something like the film Tremors if were not careful!

Anonymous said...

Drove past today and indeed saw a mix of healthy and unhealthy trees fell.

No tree shall escape the wrath.

Lord Cynic of Lindsay said...

It occurs to me that leaving some of the rotting trunks either standing (and maintained) or felled on the greens would be ideal for wildlife. My bet is that not a single trunk will remain.

Kingston Council Representative said...

I genuinely and humbly apologise (through gritted teeth) to Cllr. Fraser, the Surrey Comet and Worcester Park residents for failing to appear in person on Monday, to consult you, listen to your opinions, and reflect upon your views, before I sent in the JCBs at 8:30am, as I had already arranged.

The claim that I was still in bed is completely false! Unfortunately, I was on an environmental fact-finding mission in South America, travelling on expenses in the Amazon rainforest, learning how Kingston Council can best sustain the Royal Borough's trees and how to prevent them from being thoughtlessly destroyed. [And let me take this opportunity remind you of your council's commitment to the environment].

Due to the cost of my rather expensive, but obviously essential tour of the rainforest, particularly in the current financial climate, it wouldn't be prudent for your council to evaluate whether each tree is healthy or not, so whilst staring at the layer of dust in my empty out tray, I had the inspiration to simply hire a team to cut the lot down.

On the plus side, as I sit and admire (on your behalf), the South American spring sunshine, the varied wildlife and especially, the beautiful mature trees, please let me assure you that your council is there to serve you and every penny of your Council Tax is very well spent. [And in case I didn't mention before, let me take this opportunity remind you of your council's commitment to the environment].

Anonymous said...

Lord Cynic of Lindsay,
Interesting point you make about 'wildlife',while walking past the area this afternoon i noticed 2 bats flying around the area and which then disappeard in the direction of the station.Very unusual sight in daylight at this time of the year. i wondered if they had been roosting in the rotten trees or had been disturbed from the existing trees.

Martin said...

If the pigeons move over a little there is plenty of room for the bats under the railway bridge ;-)

Kingston Council Representative said...

Lord Cynic of Lindsay, we're not talking about taking away your supply of oxygen - we're simply talking about cutting down trees en masse. In the panoramic view from my five star hotel window, I can see many trees in the rainforest below. Do try to put things in perpective.

Kingston Council Representative said...

To disturb, damage or destroy a bat roost is illegal, which would open both the Council and the Tree Surgeon to criminal prosecution and cause a great deal of embarrassment.

If any resident has any evidence of this, or witnesses any bats in the immediate area surrounding the removed trees, I instruct them to instantly forget what they have seen.

On absolutely NO account, are they to contact and report any sightings to Kingston Police's Wildlife Crime Officer, especially you, Lord Cynic of Lindsay.

Lord Cynic of Lindsay said...

Alleged "Kingston Council Representative" - are you a few trees short of a full avenue ??? There's not enough room for two cynics on this blog..................

Anonymous said...

Kingston Council Representative said............... this has been a party political broadcast on behalf of the Con-dem Party to remind you that all Council workers are incompetent, lazy and wasteful of your taxes, hence our proposals to sack them all within the next year. Of course this will mean that there will be no Tree Officer to identify diseased trees or organise their safe removal before they fall onto the bus stop, and there certainly won’t be any money to plant replacements. Don’t worry though, we are confident that now we have invented the “big society” local volunteers will step up to take over this vital function in a far more competent way than the Council’s so called experts could have ever managed...............

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