‘Extreme concern’ over felling of tree
RESIDENTS have condemned the actions of a contractor after a tree was felled on the site of a proposed housing and medical centre development.
Linc Cymru, in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, is expected to submit a planning proposal for a new doctor’s surgery, dental practice and social housing at Sunnyside, Bridgend, in the autumn.
The development, called the Sunnyside Wellness Village, would be built on the site that was once home to Bridgend Magistrates’ Court and Bridgend Council offices.
Residents say they were given assurances by developers that trees would not be cut down. But town councillors say they have been approached by neighbours concerned after one mature tree was felled last week.
Bridgend town councillor Paul Warren said: “Neighbouring residents paid for the expert opin- ion of a specialist who confirmed that the trees are healthy, but on Friday last week the developer’s own specialist declared one of the trees diseased, with the tree felled just the following Wednesday.”
Cllr Warren said the developers are “jumping the gun” by commencing work before planning consent has been granted.
Town councillor Tim Wood said: “Many residents of the Newcastle ward have serious reservations about this scheme. They are now extremely concerned that this tree-felling before planning permission has been granted suggests that it’s a done deal. I share their concern.”
Linc Cymru said the tree had been examined and was at risk of structural failure.
Project manager Keri Harding-Jones said: “We are fully aware and have listened to the concerns of local residents regarding the trees.
“This particular tree was at risk of structural failure and was felled due to its condition.
“It was surveyed by a qualified arboriculturist and a check for birds and bats was undertaken by a qualified ecologist prior to it being cut down.”
A spokesperson for Linc Cymru said a licence to fell the tree was not required because only one tree was to be cut down.
Residents have condemned the actions of a contractor after a tree was felled on the site of a proposed housing project