CHATTERIS: Eighty years of heritage cut down by a chain saw

PUBLISHED: 14:09 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 08:35 02 June 2010

MANY of us and the older residents of Chatteris in particular, will be distraught to see the beautiful curly willow that was a feature on the side of the Wenny Road for so many years has been cut down. Even Abbey Homes, when they built this estate left t

MANY of us and the older residents of Chatteris in particular, will be distraught to see the beautiful curly willow that was a feature on the side of the Wenny Road for so many years has been cut down.

Even Abbey Homes, when they built this estate left this tree to screen houses from the road.

But despite every effort to stop this vandalism at the time, and try to embark upon a consultation with us, the tree butchers with chain saws cut down 80 years of our heritage.

Who is responsible to protect our environment?

Having endeavoured to pursue the reason for this stupid act we have subsequently been told it was in the interest of public safety.

We accept that the tree may have had some limbs that needed attention but we question the competence of the nameless individual who considered that the tree was dead.

Was there some hidden agenda behind this despicable act that will become apparent in the days to come?

That tree was a feature of the area and incidentally the way the stump of the tree has been left is far more dangerous than the tree ever was.

In conclusion it may be cynical to think, as the sale of wood burning stoves has increased by four fold since the fuel prices have been increasing and there is a shortage of wood to meet the demand, that lovely tree was felled to meet this demand and who had the logs we wonder?

TERENCE C SHAD

Cricketers Way

Chatteris


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