Anger after Lower Darwen trees chopped down

A COUNCIL decision to cut down trees in Lower Darwen has left some residents ‘appalled.’

Tree surgeons arrived on Thursday to fell the trees that stood at the grassy junction of Bolton Road and Branch Road in preparation for the Pennine Reach scheme which will begin next month.

The eight trees stood at the site’s entrance to the River Darwen Parkway, a 55 hectare stretch of grassland that connects Lower Darwen and Highercroft.

The area received a Local Nature Reserve status in 2005 and is a designated Biological Heritage Site, meaning it is important for local wildlife.

Edward Corless, who lives in Bolton Road, said: “It’s appalling.

“The council just turned up with chainsaws and started cutting them down.

“They didn’t tell anyone or ask anyone - it’s just like they’ve done in the boulevard in the town centre.

“There should have been some consultation, there should have been a dialogue at least before they were able to take this action.”

“I’ve lived here for 53 years and those trees have always been there. It’s terrible what they’ve done.

“It’s even sadder because it’s all too late now; the trees have gone. But what are you supposed to do when they don’t tell you?”

Councillor Maureen Bateson, executive member for regeneration, said that the Pennine Reach scheme - a £40 million transport scheme that aims to improve transport links along the Accrington, Blackburn, Darwen corridor - had been discussed often with residents.

Mrs Bateson said: “The trees have had to be cleared at the junction of Branch Road to enable the new junction improvements to be carried out, including improved facilities for cyclists, better crossings for pedestrians and public transport priority traffic signals.

“A full replanting schedule is also included in the scheme which will put cherry trees back into the area.

“The Council has consulted extensively with residents and businesses on the Pennine Reach scheme throughout the planning process.

“Scheme drawings and delivery timescales can be seen on the website www.blackburn.gov.uk/Pages/Pennine-Reach ”

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6:34pm Sat 1 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

Labour out with either chainsaws or sledge hammers in the name of progress , what will this bus lane achieve nothing maybe ten mins off a journey and millions of pounds in losses to business as there will be no where to park outside local shops and all that will happen they will close down and the council will get to compulsory purchased them when thay shut down and build another lane ,, think its madness watch it happen , coming soon , the loons who voted for this need sectioning under the mental health act ,,
Labour out with either chainsaws or sledge hammers in the name of progress , what will this bus lane achieve nothing maybe ten mins off a journey and millions of pounds in losses to business as there will be no where to park outside local shops and all that will happen they will close down and the council will get to compulsory purchased them when thay shut down and build another lane ,, think its madness watch it happen , coming soon , the loons who voted for this need sectioning under the mental health act ,, phil kernot
  • Score: 32

7:46pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Richard Pembrook says...

It's blackburns muslim council doing to Darwen what they did to blackburn. Darwen needs to distance itself from blackburn before Darwen becomes a nightlife deadzone like blackburn has.
It's blackburns muslim council doing to Darwen what they did to blackburn. Darwen needs to distance itself from blackburn before Darwen becomes a nightlife deadzone like blackburn has. Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 31

8:56pm Sat 1 Mar 14

fireonthemountain says...

Surely , any living thing that absorbs water is good for the planet ?
Surely , any living thing that absorbs water is good for the planet ? fireonthemountain
  • Score: 24

9:01pm Sat 1 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

I'm confused. The 'grassy junction of Bolton Road and Branch Road' isn't the same place as the '...entrance to the River Darwen Parkway, a 55 hectare stretch of grassland that connects Lower Darwen and Highercroft.'
I'm confused. The 'grassy junction of Bolton Road and Branch Road' isn't the same place as the '...entrance to the River Darwen Parkway, a 55 hectare stretch of grassland that connects Lower Darwen and Highercroft.' happycyclist
  • Score: 13

9:42pm Sat 1 Mar 14

abetterblackburn says...

english rose 1 has often told us . . .

“Blackburn with Darwen is the only Council to have been voted 'Council of the Year' on 2 occasions!”

So why worry yourselves about trivial matters such as this. Blackburn is such a wonderful place where nothing ever goes wrong and proves ‘English rose 1‘s’ never seeming to end congratulatory points of view perfectly. Hrmmmmmm!
english rose 1 has often told us . . . “Blackburn with Darwen is the only Council to have been voted 'Council of the Year' on 2 occasions!” So why worry yourselves about trivial matters such as this. Blackburn is such a wonderful place where nothing ever goes wrong and proves ‘English rose 1‘s’ never seeming to end congratulatory points of view perfectly. Hrmmmmmm! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 4

11:57pm Sat 1 Mar 14

dswnew says...

I am so fed up of all that is being done for cyclists!! Do they pay road tax and insurance that gives them the right to ride down the centre of the roads in rush hour traffic swerving in and out to miss the potholes without so much of a care to the car drivers that are following. Most don't wear any safety equipment ie helmets!! and ignoring basic rules of the road RED TRAFFIC lights. And yes this is every week day morning on my commute to work.
Rant Over
I am so fed up of all that is being done for cyclists!! Do they pay road tax and insurance that gives them the right to ride down the centre of the roads in rush hour traffic swerving in and out to miss the potholes without so much of a care to the car drivers that are following. Most don't wear any safety equipment ie helmets!! and ignoring basic rules of the road RED TRAFFIC lights. And yes this is every week day morning on my commute to work. Rant Over dswnew
  • Score: 18

12:45am Sun 2 Mar 14

s_smith says...

“I’ve lived here for 53 years and those trees have always been there. It’s terrible what they’ve done."

Interesting, given that those trees were NOT there in the 1940's. In fact, in the 40's that area was a bit of a wasteland, with an advertising billboard on it.

If she is trying to suggest these are "old" trees, then that is not really the case. Certainly the five larger trees could be 50 years old or so, but from the size of them I would say perhaps 40 years. But the three trees on the Branch Rd side were fairly young and perhaps only 20 years old or so.
“I’ve lived here for 53 years and those trees have always been there. It’s terrible what they’ve done." Interesting, given that those trees were NOT there in the 1940's. In fact, in the 40's that area was a bit of a wasteland, with an advertising billboard on it. If she is trying to suggest these are "old" trees, then that is not really the case. Certainly the five larger trees could be 50 years old or so, but from the size of them I would say perhaps 40 years. But the three trees on the Branch Rd side were fairly young and perhaps only 20 years old or so. s_smith
  • Score: -8

8:23am Sun 2 Mar 14

germanshep123 says...

Hope they are doing these improvements in the school holidays !
Hope they are doing these improvements in the school holidays ! germanshep123
  • Score: 0

9:52am Sun 2 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

dswnew wrote:
I am so fed up of all that is being done for cyclists!! Do they pay road tax and insurance that gives them the right to ride down the centre of the roads in rush hour traffic swerving in and out to miss the potholes without so much of a care to the car drivers that are following. Most don't wear any safety equipment ie helmets!! and ignoring basic rules of the road RED TRAFFIC lights. And yes this is every week day morning on my commute to work.
Rant Over
1. There's NO SUCH THING AS ROAD TAX.
2. Cyclists aren't obliged to have insurance (though most club cyclists and members of the British Cycling and the Cyclists' Touring Club ARE insured through their membership fee)
3. We're allowed to overtake cars, down the centre of the roads when your 'rush hour' traffic has ground to a standstill.
4. You seriously expect cyclists to ride into potholes, risking damaging their bikes and being thrown off their bikes? Really? What sort of moron are you?
5. Cyclists don't have to wear helmets.
6. Every day on my ride to work I see cars going through red lights. I even get motorists sounding their horns at me because I've NOT gone through a red light and held them up!

It's ignorant cretins like YOU who are the cause of most of the problems and aggression on the roads. You shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a car with your attitude. In fact you should probably be arrested for your post on here because you are obviously a danger to cyclists.
[quote][p][bold]dswnew[/bold] wrote: I am so fed up of all that is being done for cyclists!! Do they pay road tax and insurance that gives them the right to ride down the centre of the roads in rush hour traffic swerving in and out to miss the potholes without so much of a care to the car drivers that are following. Most don't wear any safety equipment ie helmets!! and ignoring basic rules of the road RED TRAFFIC lights. And yes this is every week day morning on my commute to work. Rant Over[/p][/quote]1. There's NO SUCH THING AS ROAD TAX. 2. Cyclists aren't obliged to have insurance (though most club cyclists and members of the British Cycling and the Cyclists' Touring Club ARE insured through their membership fee) 3. We're allowed to overtake cars, down the centre of the roads when your 'rush hour' traffic has ground to a standstill. 4. You seriously expect cyclists to ride into potholes, risking damaging their bikes and being thrown off their bikes? Really? What sort of moron are you? 5. Cyclists don't have to wear helmets. 6. Every day on my ride to work I see cars going through red lights. I even get motorists sounding their horns at me because I've NOT gone through a red light and held them up! It's ignorant cretins like YOU who are the cause of most of the problems and aggression on the roads. You shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a car with your attitude. In fact you should probably be arrested for your post on here because you are obviously a danger to cyclists. happycyclist
  • Score: -7

10:21am Sun 2 Mar 14

fannystrim says...

why dont they just leave things alone and put the money into saving the care homes and re-opening the care homes they have already shut down.....no money to keep the care homes open but money to waste on other pointless things,disgusting
why dont they just leave things alone and put the money into saving the care homes and re-opening the care homes they have already shut down.....no money to keep the care homes open but money to waste on other pointless things,disgusting fannystrim
  • Score: 7

11:28am Sun 2 Mar 14

s_smith says...

fannystrim wrote:
why dont they just leave things alone and put the money into saving the care homes and re-opening the care homes they have already shut down.....no money to keep the care homes open but money to waste on other pointless things,disgusting
Perhaps because this is a capital scheme mostly funded by the Department for Transport and the two councils' capital budgets?

Keeping care homes open is a revenue (maintenance) budget function, not a capital (install new things) budget function.

It is the revenue budget that pays for things like staff, electricity bills, buying toilet rolls, keeping alcoholics in care, keeping old people fed, looking after vulnerable children, emptying your bins, cutting the grass, processing your planning applications, keeping your street lights on. It is also this budget which has been savaged by central government grant cuts.

So the council make choices on what they can afford to pay for with the money they have been given from council tax receipts and the government grant.
[quote][p][bold]fannystrim[/bold] wrote: why dont they just leave things alone and put the money into saving the care homes and re-opening the care homes they have already shut down.....no money to keep the care homes open but money to waste on other pointless things,disgusting[/p][/quote]Perhaps because this is a capital scheme mostly funded by the Department for Transport and the two councils' capital budgets? Keeping care homes open is a revenue (maintenance) budget function, not a capital (install new things) budget function. It is the revenue budget that pays for things like staff, electricity bills, buying toilet rolls, keeping alcoholics in care, keeping old people fed, looking after vulnerable children, emptying your bins, cutting the grass, processing your planning applications, keeping your street lights on. It is also this budget which has been savaged by central government grant cuts. So the council make choices on what they can afford to pay for with the money they have been given from council tax receipts and the government grant. s_smith
  • Score: 0

12:14am Mon 3 Mar 14

Darwen Malc says...

Why are we wasting millions on a bus lane that NOBODY wants (except the councillors) and other councils are meanwhile removing bus lanes because they cause congestion????
Why are we wasting millions on a bus lane that NOBODY wants (except the councillors) and other councils are meanwhile removing bus lanes because they cause congestion???? Darwen Malc
  • Score: 7

10:30am Mon 3 Mar 14

GracesDad says...

happycyclist wrote:
dswnew wrote:
I am so fed up of all that is being done for cyclists!! Do they pay road tax and insurance that gives them the right to ride down the centre of the roads in rush hour traffic swerving in and out to miss the potholes without so much of a care to the car drivers that are following. Most don't wear any safety equipment ie helmets!! and ignoring basic rules of the road RED TRAFFIC lights. And yes this is every week day morning on my commute to work.
Rant Over
1. There's NO SUCH THING AS ROAD TAX.
2. Cyclists aren't obliged to have insurance (though most club cyclists and members of the British Cycling and the Cyclists' Touring Club ARE insured through their membership fee)
3. We're allowed to overtake cars, down the centre of the roads when your 'rush hour' traffic has ground to a standstill.
4. You seriously expect cyclists to ride into potholes, risking damaging their bikes and being thrown off their bikes? Really? What sort of moron are you?
5. Cyclists don't have to wear helmets.
6. Every day on my ride to work I see cars going through red lights. I even get motorists sounding their horns at me because I've NOT gone through a red light and held them up!

It's ignorant cretins like YOU who are the cause of most of the problems and aggression on the roads. You shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a car with your attitude. In fact you should probably be arrested for your post on here because you are obviously a danger to cyclists.
Woah there Happy. dswnew makes some very valid points there. Just because you are a considerate cyclist doesn't mean that everybody else is!

I have often seen cyclists swerve to avoid a pothole or a drain without even having a glance over there right shoulder to make sure they're not riding into over-taking motor vehichles. I have often seen cyclists approach a red light and suddenly jump onto the pavement to avoid having to stop and wait. Also, I think it should be compulsory for cyclists to wear HiVis clothing and helmets.

You are bang out of order for name calling just because the post offended you!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dswnew[/bold] wrote: I am so fed up of all that is being done for cyclists!! Do they pay road tax and insurance that gives them the right to ride down the centre of the roads in rush hour traffic swerving in and out to miss the potholes without so much of a care to the car drivers that are following. Most don't wear any safety equipment ie helmets!! and ignoring basic rules of the road RED TRAFFIC lights. And yes this is every week day morning on my commute to work. Rant Over[/p][/quote]1. There's NO SUCH THING AS ROAD TAX. 2. Cyclists aren't obliged to have insurance (though most club cyclists and members of the British Cycling and the Cyclists' Touring Club ARE insured through their membership fee) 3. We're allowed to overtake cars, down the centre of the roads when your 'rush hour' traffic has ground to a standstill. 4. You seriously expect cyclists to ride into potholes, risking damaging their bikes and being thrown off their bikes? Really? What sort of moron are you? 5. Cyclists don't have to wear helmets. 6. Every day on my ride to work I see cars going through red lights. I even get motorists sounding their horns at me because I've NOT gone through a red light and held them up! It's ignorant cretins like YOU who are the cause of most of the problems and aggression on the roads. You shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a car with your attitude. In fact you should probably be arrested for your post on here because you are obviously a danger to cyclists.[/p][/quote]Woah there Happy. dswnew makes some very valid points there. Just because you are a considerate cyclist doesn't mean that everybody else is! I have often seen cyclists swerve to avoid a pothole or a drain without even having a glance over there right shoulder to make sure they're not riding into over-taking motor vehichles. I have often seen cyclists approach a red light and suddenly jump onto the pavement to avoid having to stop and wait. Also, I think it should be compulsory for cyclists to wear HiVis clothing and helmets. You are bang out of order for name calling just because the post offended you!!!!! GracesDad
  • Score: 5

2:20pm Mon 3 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

Cyclists/car users-
There are good and bad on both sides. What annoys/despairs me is the ££££££s spent on cycle lanes which VERY rarely have bikes on them (especially the one near Tesco -Blackburn) yet are on the roads in danger or causing danger!
Also at night few have front + rear lights on and the cyclists wear dark clothes- a recipe for disaster.
As I said-there are good and bad on both sides.
Cyclists/car users- There are good and bad on both sides. What annoys/despairs me is the ££££££s spent on cycle lanes which VERY rarely have bikes on them (especially the one near Tesco -Blackburn) yet are on the roads in danger or causing danger! Also at night few have front + rear lights on and the cyclists wear dark clothes- a recipe for disaster. As I said-there are good and bad on both sides. vicn1956
  • Score: 0

8:47pm Tue 4 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

No I'm not 'bang out of order' -because it's attitudes like dswnew's that cause aggression on the roads which leads to injury and death. He/she is obviously an angry motorist and a liability for cyclists because of the prejudice shown in the comment.

I'm sure you HAVE seen cyclists jump onto pavements to avoid red lights -so have I and it annoys me just as much as it annoys you. And you have undoubtably seen cyclists swerving to avoid potholes without looking over their shoulder -not that it would make any difference most of the time -but there is a duty of care in that sits on the motorists' shoulders that many don't acknowledge. Many motorists drive FAR too close to cyclists and DON'T anticipate hazards for cyclists, which they should -check your highway code rule 213.

Your comment re hi-viz vests and helmets is merely your opinion. I happen to agree -to a point- with the hi-viz thing, but the helmet debate is too big to debate here on a story about trees being cut down.
No I'm not 'bang out of order' -because it's attitudes like dswnew's that cause aggression on the roads which leads to injury and death. He/she is obviously an angry motorist and a liability for cyclists because of the prejudice shown in the comment. I'm sure you HAVE seen cyclists jump onto pavements to avoid red lights -so have I and it annoys me just as much as it annoys you. And you have undoubtably seen cyclists swerving to avoid potholes without looking over their shoulder -not that it would make any difference most of the time -but there is a duty of care in that sits on the motorists' shoulders that many don't acknowledge. Many motorists drive FAR too close to cyclists and DON'T anticipate hazards for cyclists, which they should -check your highway code rule 213. Your comment re hi-viz vests and helmets is merely your opinion. I happen to agree -to a point- with the hi-viz thing, but the helmet debate is too big to debate here on a story about trees being cut down. happycyclist
  • Score: 1

8:59pm Tue 4 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Cyclists/car users-
There are good and bad on both sides. What annoys/despairs me is the ££££££s spent on cycle lanes which VERY rarely have bikes on them (especially the one near Tesco -Blackburn) yet are on the roads in danger or causing danger!
Also at night few have front + rear lights on and the cyclists wear dark clothes- a recipe for disaster.
As I said-there are good and bad on both sides.
I agree with the first couple of sentences of that.

However, it's a nonsense to contend that cyclists on the road 'cause danger' though -at least any more than the many psychopaths behind the wheel of a ton of steel travelling much faster than a bike (brush up on your physics for moving mass).
It's also complete bullsh!t that 'few' cyclists have lights at night. The vast majority do. Some cyclists' lights ARE pathetically dim and useless though, and I have plenty of arguments with cyclists about wearing dark clothing, which is just plain dumb.

One of the reason that cyclists don't use cycle lanes is because they are so poorly designed. I often think of the phrase 'cretins with crayons' when I see cycle lanes painted on the road.

Just to highlight ONE of the reasons why cyclists don't use cycle lanes: Debris at the side of the road that would normally be blown away with the draft of passing vehicles, stays by the side of the road when a cycle lane is painted on the road -because vehicles drive further away from the kerb. This means that the cycle lane is often full of crap that we obviously don't want to ride in (I'm sure even the most anti-cyclist motorist can at least understand that) and so we don't ride in the cycle lane.

Again, this is way too big a debate to be having on an article about trees being chopped down.
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Cyclists/car users- There are good and bad on both sides. What annoys/despairs me is the ££££££s spent on cycle lanes which VERY rarely have bikes on them (especially the one near Tesco -Blackburn) yet are on the roads in danger or causing danger! Also at night few have front + rear lights on and the cyclists wear dark clothes- a recipe for disaster. As I said-there are good and bad on both sides.[/p][/quote]I agree with the first couple of sentences of that. However, it's a nonsense to contend that cyclists on the road 'cause danger' though -at least any more than the many psychopaths behind the wheel of a ton of steel travelling much faster than a bike (brush up on your physics for moving mass). It's also complete bullsh!t that 'few' cyclists have lights at night. The vast majority do. Some cyclists' lights ARE pathetically dim and useless though, and I have plenty of arguments with cyclists about wearing dark clothing, which is just plain dumb. One of the reason that cyclists don't use cycle lanes is because they are so poorly designed. I often think of the phrase 'cretins with crayons' when I see cycle lanes painted on the road. Just to highlight ONE of the reasons why cyclists don't use cycle lanes: Debris at the side of the road that would normally be blown away with the draft of passing vehicles, stays by the side of the road when a cycle lane is painted on the road -because vehicles drive further away from the kerb. This means that the cycle lane is often full of crap that we obviously don't want to ride in (I'm sure even the most anti-cyclist motorist can at least understand that) and so we don't ride in the cycle lane. Again, this is way too big a debate to be having on an article about trees being chopped down. happycyclist
  • Score: 1

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