‘Ex­treme con­cern’ over felling of tree

Glamorgan Gazette - - News -

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

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