Blackburn Cathedral Quarter tree felling angers residents

Blackburn Citizen: Blackburn Cathedral Quarter tree felling angers residents Blackburn Cathedral Quarter tree felling angers residents

THE scale of tree felling for the new Cathedral Quarter development has angered Blackburn residents and Liberal Democrat councillor Paul Browne.

As trunks and boughs litter the area around the Boulevard, the priest in charge of the work said as few as possible were being chopped down.

Cathedral canon Andrew Hindley and borough environment boss Jim Smith said felling was being kept to a minimum and carefully monitored.

LibDem planning spokesman Coun Browne, who objected to the logging when the scheme was approved in December 2012, said: “This is municipal vandalism on a vast scale.

“They should have built the development around the trees as they did the original cathedral, not chopping ancient trees down for new buildings.

“I shall be watching very carefully to make sure no protected trees are felled and only those on the original planning application are taken.”

Susan Parkinson from Sunny Bank Road was one of several town centre visitors to object.

She said: “It is horrific and disgraceful.”

“I have seen those trees grow and mature.

“They shouldn’t be chopping so many down. It looks dreadful.

“I know several other people who come into the town centre who are equally upset.”

Canon Hindley said: “Some trees have to be felled for this £33 million development.

“We were very clear about which will come down and tried to save the oldest and most important trees.

“We will make sure only those necessary are felled and will be creating a public realm as good as or better than the existing one, planting many new trees.”

Coun Smith, planning chairman for the original application, said: “The committee took advice from council tree experts and was specific about which trees can be felled.

“I shall be monitoring what happens carefully.”

Blackburn with Darwen council regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: “The Cathedral Quarter is an extremely important project, to create jobs and transform the town centre, with major improvements in the public realm.

“When trees have to be felled, it is a condition that replacement trees will be planted.”

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8:19pm Wed 19 Feb 14

frank says...

what do trees matter when there's money to be made?
money , money , money. the church should be ashamed.
what do trees matter when there's money to be made? money , money , money. the church should be ashamed. frank
  • Score: 32

8:41pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Mon says...

Why are some people more concerned about trees and animals than people? We have to move on with the times to create jobs for the ever increasing population. It's called progress. By the way, there would be some funny shaped buildings if they built around the trees.
Why are some people more concerned about trees and animals than people? We have to move on with the times to create jobs for the ever increasing population. It's called progress. By the way, there would be some funny shaped buildings if they built around the trees. Mon
  • Score: -26

8:43pm Wed 19 Feb 14

woolywords says...

Got to love the differing opinions on these trees..
Cllr Browne calls them, 'ancient trees', whilst Susan Parkinson claims, 'I have seen those trees grow...'
At least now, you can see that mouldy pizza thing on the wall of the cathedral, of which some claim is, 'art'. I wonder, now that it's visible, will HRH, the Prince of Wales, have to alter his list of monstrous carbuncles?
Got to love the differing opinions on these trees.. Cllr Browne calls them, 'ancient trees', whilst Susan Parkinson claims, 'I have seen those trees grow...' At least now, you can see that mouldy pizza thing on the wall of the cathedral, of which some claim is, 'art'. I wonder, now that it's visible, will HRH, the Prince of Wales, have to alter his list of monstrous carbuncles? woolywords
  • Score: 23

8:50pm Wed 19 Feb 14

abetterblackburn says...

Blackburn’s religious history is fading fast. Even the Cathedral’s servants are now being deprived of their life. The Cathedral’s trees are magnificent breathing servants that should be worshiped for having survived for so long within this befallen town of Blackburn.

RIP Blackburn’s Religious Past!
Blackburn’s religious history is fading fast. Even the Cathedral’s servants are now being deprived of their life. The Cathedral’s trees are magnificent breathing servants that should be worshiped for having survived for so long within this befallen town of Blackburn. RIP Blackburn’s Religious Past! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 20

9:35pm Wed 19 Feb 14

soap opera says...

it must be "gods will" that these trees are being felled.
it must be "gods will" that these trees are being felled. soap opera
  • Score: -1

9:54pm Wed 19 Feb 14

A Darener says...

“When trees have to be felled, it is a condition that replacement trees will be planted.”
So they said when they cut down every tree on Lynwood avenue in Darwen a few years ago. Have they? Have they heck as like!
“When trees have to be felled, it is a condition that replacement trees will be planted.” So they said when they cut down every tree on Lynwood avenue in Darwen a few years ago. Have they? Have they heck as like! A Darener
  • Score: 23

11:06pm Wed 19 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

Sorry just cannot agree with chopping down healthy trees no matter what the planners have in mind,,trees are living things and some have been here long before we were born,,have some respect for nature and ignore it at your peril.
Sorry just cannot agree with chopping down healthy trees no matter what the planners have in mind,,trees are living things and some have been here long before we were born,,have some respect for nature and ignore it at your peril. noddy57
  • Score: 20

8:34am Thu 20 Feb 14

bow1974 says...

Can I have some of the logs for my fire I can pick them up ????????????
Can I have some of the logs for my fire I can pick them up ???????????? bow1974
  • Score: 12

9:27am Thu 20 Feb 14

Blackburn99 says...

more of "OUR" Blackburn disappearing......
more of "OUR" Blackburn disappearing...... Blackburn99
  • Score: 14

12:40pm Thu 20 Feb 14

mmickk says...

The way gas and electric prices are going this will be the new commodity for the scrap metal thieves stealing trees for heating homes. Its already happening at Witton park after the gales there like ants after fire wood. Fair play to them it saves the council paying contractors though.
The way gas and electric prices are going this will be the new commodity for the scrap metal thieves stealing trees for heating homes. Its already happening at Witton park after the gales there like ants after fire wood. Fair play to them it saves the council paying contractors though. mmickk
  • Score: 2

1:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

woolywords says...

I wonder if anyone thought of keeping the wood for use by schools or arts and crafts centres, to be turned into something practical, functional or just plain old arty-**** whatnots?
There's a tray sort of thing in the conservatory of my Mums house, it has plant pots on it, as it's utterly unfit for purpose, mainly as I'd whittled it out of an old bit of railway sleeper, so it stinks of creosote.
I wonder if anyone thought of keeping the wood for use by schools or arts and crafts centres, to be turned into something practical, functional or just plain old arty-**** whatnots? There's a tray sort of thing in the conservatory of my Mums house, it has plant pots on it, as it's utterly unfit for purpose, mainly as I'd whittled it out of an old bit of railway sleeper, so it stinks of creosote. woolywords
  • Score: -3

4:39pm Thu 20 Feb 14

phil kernot says...

Queen Victoria is due to be felled and moved to where the old toilets were , why can't thay just leave things alone ,, saying that the church has to make money as it has to pay for its ivory towers ,,, don't forget the church used to send you to prison if you never paid your taxes to them ,, that's why there's so many churches , not because people went to church ,, but if you didn't you was a outcast ,, just stating a few facts ,,,
Queen Victoria is due to be felled and moved to where the old toilets were , why can't thay just leave things alone ,, saying that the church has to make money as it has to pay for its ivory towers ,,, don't forget the church used to send you to prison if you never paid your taxes to them ,, that's why there's so many churches , not because people went to church ,, but if you didn't you was a outcast ,, just stating a few facts ,,, phil kernot
  • Score: 2

4:42pm Thu 20 Feb 14

phil kernot says...

Some one wants to fell that ugly blue so called piece of "art" on the side and sell it for scrap its so ugly and never looked right
Some one wants to fell that ugly blue so called piece of "art" on the side and sell it for scrap its so ugly and never looked right phil kernot
  • Score: 5

8:30pm Thu 20 Feb 14

TattyAnn says...

More Blackburn trees gone and despite Councillor Bateson's reassurances, trees are rarely re-planted after they have been felled. You only need to look at the eyesore at the top of Billinge End Road where dozens of mature, healthy deciduous trees once thrived on the Richardson House site. These were felled indiscriminately despite a conservation order and STILL the planning permission went ahead. I don't hold out hope for the 'felling to be kept to a minimum' with £33m investment at stake.
More Blackburn trees gone and despite Councillor Bateson's reassurances, trees are rarely re-planted after they have been felled. You only need to look at the eyesore at the top of Billinge End Road where dozens of mature, healthy deciduous trees once thrived on the Richardson House site. These were felled indiscriminately despite a conservation order and STILL the planning permission went ahead. I don't hold out hope for the 'felling to be kept to a minimum' with £33m investment at stake. TattyAnn
  • Score: 9

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