Leicester Civic Society

Campaign: Save the sequoias in Pine Tree Avenue, Humberstone

The Leicester Mercury first wrote about this story in October 2009 and the item from that time gives the basic details.

In fact a Tree Preservation Order had been put in place in 2001 for all the trees in what was originally the grounds of Humberstone Hall, home of Thomas Paget, MP (1778-1862) and now is Pine Tree Avenue, Humberstone

This downloadable 1919 map shows the estate before the area was developed 

The story came to life again with a planning application in February 2013 for the felling of two trees.

Stuart Bailey, Chair of Leicester Civic Society takes up the story:
The Redwoods were planted in the 1860’s well prior to the demolition of Humberstone Hall c1920 and have now reached up to half their mature height. In 2001. TPO N4.242 was created to protect 21 redwoods, 2 cedars and six other trees on Pine Tree Avenue. The sequence of recent events is as follows:

 1.      20th February: A planning inspector decides in favour of the City Council over an appeal lodged in May 2013 against non-determination in respect of the removal of two privately owned redwoods. This clearly establishes a precedence in favour of retention. 

The Leicester Mercury breaks the story on April 9th.

 2.      10th April: Frightened by claims and potential claims by adjoining property owners against the City Council as a result of growth of the ‘Street Trees’ that are its responsibility, the Council announces a consultation period and publishes a downloadable document over its idea to remove the six most contentious trees, despite 1 above. The Leicester Mercury reports the story.

 3.      15th April: The story below is gleefully picked up by the Leicester Mercury who published it.

 4.      23rd April: This is not officially released by the City Council until 23rd April, (next week’s planning committee!) thereby shooting themselves in the foot over their 10th April announcement. The planning officers report, referring to this effectively says “Well OK but it’ll be alright if we do it”. This is in the confident knowledge that the Council in this case will be judge and jury. It is hardly likely to refuse itself planning consent and if it did it is even less likely to appeal against itself.


Story continues - watch this space....

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1. Comment on the Pine Tree Avenue consultatation

Please add your voice to the campaign and vote against the destruction of the trees. Click on the link below, click on the "Find Consultations" tab, and scroll down to "Pine Tree Avenue Consultation" and click on the link You have until 9th May 2014 Webmaster apology - the full link is too long for the box below - hence the instructions - sorry

  http://consultations.leicester.gov.uk/


2. Email or write to Leicester Mercury

Edit the suggested message below to add any further comments you wish to make and email it to the Leicester Mercury or compose a letter and send it to:- The Leicester Mercury St George Street Leicester LE1 9FQ

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3. Sign our petition to save the sequoias

Contact us either by email or via our blog http://leicestercivicsoc.blogspot.co.uk/ to add your name to the petition. We will forward the petition to the local Councillors and the Leicester Mercury.

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