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Tree screening project – VERY BAD JOKE & management

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on February 3, 2008

Residents letter to Chf Exec., Teignbridge D.C, and Councillors:
Date: Mon, 4 Feb
Dear Chief Executive,
 I am writing to complain about the lack of screening at CLS and the recent report about the tree planting scheme.The tree planting scheme provided some hope to Aller residents, albeit very limited, that the impact of the factory could be minimalised.   The failure of one of the trees to establish is particularly important to my husband and I as it is one of the few which will obscure the view of the factory from my house. 
I am saddened that the tree has failed and would like the following questions answered:
1. An explanation of the ‘micro climate’ that has caused the tree to fail. 
2. Is there any evidence to suggest that the micro climate been generated by discharges from CLS?  I ask this because last year a worker from CLS stated that when the lorries were cleaned, the spray used which contained cleaning chemicals often covered the nearby trees.  I cannot think why someone would make this up if it was not true and I believe it was only reported to us as the person was concerned about the trees.
3. Was the soil compaction caused by CLS or its contractors?
Even now after a few years have passed I am just as angry about CLS.  I still find it hard to believe that the Council made such a mistake and allowed it to be built like it is.  When I read in the paper about planning applications being rejected because they are not in keeping with their surroundings it makes me laugh – nothing can ever be so monstrous and environmentally out of keeping than CLS.
As the council failed in its’ duty to protect local residents (and future generations) from a totally unsuitable building it should be held liable to make amends.  If the tree screening has failed other alternatives should be explored. 
The factory is a disgusting daily seen eyesore – the Council should do more to put things right.
Dear Chief Executive,
Thank you for your email below, and for the time you have put into investigating the matter.
While your comments are noted, they really do not offer any more information than that we already possess. This leaves us with an impasse in that there is still no screening effect even after the expense and the years since its conception and planting.
The ‘experts’ have been a dismal failure to us, and to the Council who’s fault it is (through proven maladminstration)that we have to endure this abomination.
Teignbridge Council have missed out (neglectfully) on an opportunity to right the wrong they have mis-served unto the residents and taxpayers of Aller Park. Why oh why don’t you listen to common sense solutions suggested by the residents. These ‘experts’ do not have a clue, and are wasting our time and OUR money!
We all want to protect the environment – for US!, no other reason. So OUR interests come first.
So with all respect – stop wasting our money, stop palming us off with platitudes and get on with a decent project please. Years have already been wasted now, with incompetence.
Les Edgecumbe.
Following on from a meeting between Cllr. Hook, Mr. Garner (resident) and myself which revealed the tree planting scheme was in poor shape due to the planting soil consisting of “waste soil from a previous quarry”I submitted a complaint to the Chief Executive of Teignbridge Council. This stated that we residents were disappointed, amazed and angry at the lack of growth of this scheme, the lack of detail in the Landscape Officers annual report (available elsewhere on the website), and considered the whole project a failure, bad joke, and the only people benefiting from it being the contractors employed to service the disaster area.
This is her reply:-=
—– Original Message —–

Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 10:20 AM
Dear Mr EdgecumbeFurther to your email of 12 January and my acknowledgement of 14 January I have looked into the tree planting scheme further.I fully appreciate that the CLS building, viewed from Aller Park, has a strong visual impact.  As you are aware the Council, through a tree planting scheme, has attempted to improve the appearance of the site, particularly as viewed by Aller Park residents.Planting constraints in the area between the building and the eastern site boundary, notably, the amount of space available and presence of UK and European protected species, have impacted on the ability to undertake dense screen planting in this location.  I am, however, confident that the scheme as implemented will, in future years, begin to significantly improve the appearance of site when viewed from the Aller Park area and soften the impact of the building.  

I note your specific reference to ‘waste soil’ in the context of tree failures.  I am advised that tree species selection had regard to ground conditions with hardy, pioneer tree species being used where there are areas of poor soil.  I am also advised that failures, in one particular localised area, are suspected to have been caused by micro-climatic and/or ground compaction as opposed to the origin of the soil. 

I hope this information is helpful to you.


Nicola Bulbeck

Chief Executive

Teignbridge District Council


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