|More threats to Mill Pond|
Friday, February 13, 2004
Residents adjacent to the millpond land between Windsor View and Spring Grove were yesterday sent notification from Calderdale Council planning services regarding the Tree Preservation Order on certain trees on this land and the intent of the owner to carry out work on other trees on the land.
Today Friday 13th February, two men (who did not appear to be qualified tree surgeons) arrived and began to indiscriminately saw down trees on the millpond site - with bow saws.
They did confirm that they had been asked to do this work by the 'company' Green Tops Ltd. When challenged they telephoned their boss and were told to leave. The TPO Officer confirmed that there was not a lot they could do unless they found on inspection that the TPO had been violated (a little too late after the fact).
In light of the fact that this land has recently been bought from the receivers, a few initial inquiries have been made to try and find out more. The information is tentative, but is as follows.
The new revised draft of the unitary development plan has been submitted to councillors for their consideration in the coming weeks.
One nearby resident told the Hebweb, "I have a very strong feeling that part of the developer's strategy is to remove as much of the Green Belt aspect of the Mill Pond as possible as quickly as possible. Which is of course the trees."
use our discussion forum where there are several contributions on this topic.