Parish council joins fight to save historic trees from axe

by | Sep 1, 2014 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

A parish council has said it will do everything in its power to stop the felling of eight trees in the centre of a village.

Gladman Developments Ltd has submitted a planning application to widen a road by adding a slip lane, in Rearsby Road, at Queniborough crossroads, which includes the felling of up to eight mature trees.

This is part of an application to build 165 houses, in Barkby Road, Queniborough.

Residents have started a campaign to save the trees and stop the slip road being built.


The parish council agreed at a meeting on Wednesday night to ask Charnwood Borough Council to put a tree protection order.


It also intends to ask a consultant to look at the traffic assessment done by Leicestershire County Council’s highways department to justify the proposal to fell the trees.


As well as this, the members plan to have the trees surveyed by experts.


There will also be a public meeting at Queniborough Primary School on Thursday, September 4, at 7.30pm, so all residents can express their opinions.


Queniborough Parish Council chairman Stephen Wright said: “The latest proposal to fell these eight historic trees to make an extra lane at the village crossroads is completely unacceptable and will change the character of the village.


“Everyone who knows Queniborough knows the crossroads and the tree lined approach.


“It is a feature of Queniborough just like the conservation area and the church.”


The council’s vice-chairman, Margaret Winterton, said: “The proposal for an extra lane will just attract more traffic to come through Queniborough and make it more difficult for our residents to turn on to the main roads.


“We already have complaints from residents that they have to wait a long time to get out of their roads at busy times.”


The parish council then plans to finalise its formal objection to the scheme at its meeting on September 17.