After the felling of six 100 year old heritage trees on
Pentonville Road by developers last Sunday there has been
a local outcry.
An article has appeared in the Islington Tribune with Councillor Paul Convey expressing residents anger at this blatant act of environmental vandalism and thoughtless profiteering by The Blackstone Group, the developers behind the Nido site.
There is still much confusion amongst residents and the Planning Dept alike as to whether Nido does or does not have permission to destroy Kings Cross’ green heritage and if so, who gave it. I myself have specifically asked Graham Loveland and Kevin O’Leary of Islington planning if these trees had a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on them and have had nothing but silence in return. They most certainly should have done, and a possible failure in this may be why I’m getting no response so far.
The developers have also posted a small laminated notice outside the site to say the trees will be replaced when the development is finished. This is frankly laughable. It is impossible for them to replace like with like. You simply can’t put 100yr old trees into the ground even if you could buy them from a nursery! We have also all seen how few young trees survive in this area and to have an existing avenue of Victorian trees gracing Pentonville Rd was extremely fortunate and IRREPLACEABLE. Offering such pitiable replacements is insulting.
Have a look at the flannel about Nido online – you will notice our mature trees are present in the finished artists impression. The irony is painful.
If we allow this issue to fade into the background Islington Council will yet again get away with destroying our green heritage and allowing the character of the area to be altered for the worse by developers who care nothing for the needs of local residents. It sends completely the wrong signal and will only happen again if strong opposition is not raised by local residents.
Please take a few moments to keep applying pressure to key players in this issue.
Please write to and email:
Assistant Director (Planning)
Environment and Regeneration Department
020 7527 2680
Lib Dem Councillor Ruth Polling (quoted in the Tribune article)
020 7527 3051 (PA)
She allegedly ‘Provides political and strategic direction of sport, leisure, greenspace, cemeteries, arts, libraries equalities and community cohesion within the borough.’
And our local MP:
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
020 7219 3000 (House of Commons Switchboard – ask for your Member’s Office)
Letters are usually the best form of contact as they are kept on file and have to be answered!
And there’s also a very chatty looking Nido London site who have kindly listed a contact. Might be interesting to get in touch with them!
Nido London, 200 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JS
Tel: +44 (0) 207 395 7260