Over the weekend six very large trees, each over 80yrs old, was felled outside of the new Nido development at the western end of Pentonville Rd. This has ruined the avenue of trees running up the hill and makes this ugly concrete thoroughfare even more harsh and uninviting.
I immediately contacted Jake Tibbetts of the tree service who went down to inspect the site. As far as he knows at present, the developers were only authorised to fell two trees, not six, and is therefore preparing to recommend Planning prosecute the developers to the full extent of the law if this is the case. Planning are doing a site inspection tomorrow when things should become clearer.
If the developers have breached their planning consent it is a tragic loss of beautiful trees, older than the vast majority of people living in the borough. If Islington council have allowed them consent to do this then the loss still stands. Either way I feel strongly that action is needed. Our trees and green spaces need stronger protection from developers and shoddy planning decisions. Their importance to the health and well-being of local residents needs to be respected and recognised and I personally never want to see something like this happen again.
When the facts become clearer at the end of tomorrow I will post an update and ideas for further action. Keep watching!
[by Sarah Ward, our Pentonville Road correspondent]