Her­itage Trees ‘has turned canal­side into a war­zone’

Con­trac­tor told the felling has caused ‘shock and out­rage’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A MYS­TERY con­trac­tor who turned a canal­side in Hayes into a ‘war­zone’ af­ter up­root­ing much­val­ued trees has been re­vealed.

Res­i­dents were ‘ up in arms’ when ma­chin­ery de­stroyed veg­e­ta­tion along the Grand Union Canal, in Hayes town cen­tre.

Hayes and Har­ling­ton MP John McDonnell shared the view of up­set res­i­dents who watched the de­struc­tion take place last month.

Mr McDonnell, shadow chan­cel­lor and a mem­ber of the Hayes Canal Part­ner­ship, said: “I’m very con­cerned that th­ese trees along the canal have been chopped down with­out of­fi­cial per­mis­sion and that no one seems to know who by.

“As a re­sult, res­i­dents will now suf­fer from less green space and a less en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence when walk­ing along the canal.

“I’ve writ­ten to the de­vel­op­ers so we can ur­gently get to the bot­tom of who is re­spon­si­ble for this act of de­struc­tion.”

David Brough, chair­man of the Hayes Town Part­ner­ship spot­ted Her­itage Trees Ser­vices car­ry­ing out the work which has ‘changed the vista be­yond recog­ni­tion’.

He penned a let­ter to the com­pany, based in Uxbridge, to con­vey his alarm, shared by coun­cil­lors, res­i­dents and the MP.

He wrote: “You need to know that the to­tal felling of th­ese trees has caused shock and out­rage in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“The felling to ground level of ev­ery sin­gle tree on the Union House side of the canal has changed this vista be­yond recog­ni­tion.

“Per­haps al­most as dis­turb­ing as the dam­age done to the en­vi­ron­ment is that I have es­tab­lished that most of the trees stood on land in the own­er­ship of the Canal and River Trust, which has con­firmed that they gave no per­mis­sion for your com­pany to en­ter their land or to carry out this work.

“It is ex­tremely up­set­ting that a lo­cal com­pany has been in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing about such a dras­tic change in our town cen­tre.”

Mr Brough has also writ­ten to Crown­gold Prop­er­ties Lim­ited, which is cur­rently car­ry­ing out con­ver­sion work to nearby Union House.

The Canal and River Trust, which owns the stretch of land, con­firmed the trees were cut down with­out prior per­mis­sion.

A spokesper­son for the Trust said they shared the con­cerns of lo­cals: “We’ve con­tacted the com­pany de­vel­op­ing the site that backs on to the wa­ter, and re­quested a plan for re­plant­ing and land­scap­ing to be done as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We also have ev­i­dence that some of the de­bris was left in the canal, so we’ve sent de­tails to the En­vi­ron­ment Agency.”

n ‘UP­SET­TING’: Res­i­dents up­set with the de­struc­tion of trees along the Grand Union Canal

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