Lenton Tree FellingTagged as: environmentalism local_communities
On Friday a small demo to protect the beautiful lime trees of Lenton was organised at the last minute and we would hope have a larger one on Monday.
Last week an article on Indymedia (see below) informed us of the felling of trees within Lenton. The council are intending to cut down 84 of the marvellous lime trees which line Lenton's streets. The reasons provided (see initial article) are paper thin to our minds and merely serve as a cover for a money saving strategy. As such we organised a very small demonstration at the last minute to at very least voice our discontent.
We arrived at around 8.20 in the morning when they had unfortunately begun for the day. Met by calls of 'Genuine Hippee's' and a worker shoving one of us for walking on a public road. Generally they attempted to ignore our presence with only the worker who shouted 'Genuine Hippees' engaging us in conversation beyond telling us to not to talk to them as they were working. Eventually our presence warranted the arrival of three council staff and three PCSO's. Both trio's were amicable and polite, recognising our right to peaceful protest and soon left after conferring with the workers. The council workers were keen to inform that local residents had been consulted and the plans had met with approval via the Tenants association which didn't consult with residents and we have struggled to discover who actually sits on it. To our minds the decision making process has been purposefully exclusive which is evidenced by the fact this attack to the Lenton ecosystem comes at a time when the majority of residents, I.E. Students, have left for the summer ensuring minimal fuss.
We left at around 1/2 10 feeling that sustaining the protest was unneccesary. We were informed that the council would be notified and that a manager of some description would be around on Monday. As such we would like as many people as possible to come meet us at the entrance to the Castle at 8.A.M Monday.
The article which informed us of the issue as the council had failed to.