Mark Clyndes organises chainsaws once again,
as 'agent' for unnamed developer

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

By the time Keith Grady, Calderdale Forestry Officer (above, yellow jacket) arrived at Mayroyd this morning, most of the trees on the site near the station had been felled. Mr Grady estimated that at least 25-30 silver birches and several ashes were gone.

Mr Grady asked those with the chainsaws not to fell the few remaining trees until he had ascertained whether they were protected or not.

Anthony Rae, coordinator of Calderdale Friends of the Earth told the Hebden Bridge Web:

"I was contacted by an FOE member who told me that people were chopping down trees on the site. I went down and spoke to their supervisor, Mark Clyndes who said he was acting as agent for the (unnamed) developer. The purpose of the tree felling he told me was to 'tidy up' the site before a planning application is submitted for 28 low-cost housing units on behalf of St Vincent's Housing Association. Under the new UDP*, the site is designated as 'Open Space urban' (and a Wildlife Corridor); it is not designated as 'Primary Housing Area'; and it is a greenfield site."

St Vincent's have this afternoon contacted the Hebden Bridge Web and said that "St Vincent’s strongly objects to the assertions made that a planning application was imminent and would be submitted on St Vincent’s behalf.  There is no substance, whatsoever, in this statement.  St  Vincent’s has not been involved in, and knew nothing about, the clearance of trees."

St Vincents told the Hebden Bridge Web that they had been approached 2 months ago by Studio Baad but had not given any response and had not seen the land.

St Vincents, Mango Developments and Studio Baad are currently appealing the refusal of Calderdale to allow the building of houses over the river between Victoria Road and Waterside Fold.

Mark Clyndes regularly works with Mango and Studio Baad, most noticeably when he organised the felling of trees on the Mill Pond on Chainsaw Tuesday.

* Unitary Development Plan

See also: Discussion thread

Previously, on Hebden Bridge Web

Chainsaw Tuesday

Crow Nest

Mark Clyndes

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