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SALFORD TREES IN SPRING
 

Star date: 12th April 2011 

ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 220

The sun is out, the sky is blue, it's beautiful and all the trees are, er, gone? Yep, all the homeless dicky birds are crying and loads of people have been complaining to the Salford Star about the mass slaughter of trees along Pendleton Way, across the road from Salford Precinct.

220 trees have met their doom to make way for the new Tesco site, which will leave the site with a shortfall of 415 trees.

Full story and more horror pics here…


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A walk along Pendleton Way in spring reveals a graveyard of trees. Rows and rows of stumps line the verges in the aftermath of what can only be described as a chainsaw massacre, carried out before the nesting season in March.

220 trees have met their doom to make way for the Tesco superstore site, even though most are not actually on the site and are in front of the demolition fences of the old St James RC infant school and Emmanuel Church. 

In granting approval for the felling of the trees in Tesco's planning permission Salford Council blamed itself for the slaughter… "Whilst this is a large number of trees, their condition is generally poor due to a lack of past maintenance to the crowns" the document states "resulting in unbalanced crown shapes and collision damage from passing vehicles."

While 220 trees have been destroyed, 245 new trees will be planted around the site to make up for the loss. But replacement trees, according to Salford Council policy, have to planted in a two-for-one ratio, which, a General Amendment to the planning report states, was never made… "As such" it adds "there is a shortfall of 415 trees." *

To make up for it, the report concludes, "an off site provision will be made through a Section 106 agreement". In other words, don't expect the dicky birds to return in a hurry...


 * We know the maths look wrong - we make it a shortfall of 165 trees but this is what it says in the report

mary ferrer wrote
at 05:38:31 on 19 April 2011
when any tree if felled they have to be replaced with 2 new trees. I would love to know if there is any follow-up where planning has been given for trees to be removed for,say building a house extention,do officers go back 6/9 months down the line to see if what was agreed at the planning stage has been done. When i was a councillor and sat on the planning panel,this was always one of my concerns, when restrictions or the planting of trees are agreed by the planners and the resident,is there follow up.Iknow for a fact things are put in place,but don't happen. The area around Salford shopping city needs all the green it can get and for this to be allowed to happen is a crime against the people of Salford.
 
wrote
at 08:41:39 on 18 April 2011
So in the meantime we only have to wait how many years for new trees to grow? As for section 106 monies...its a pity the section 106 money and other monies recieved from the redevelopment on Salford Quays, Business tax rates, Council Tax revenue etc to name but a few wasnt used to pay the for the school crossing on Trafford Rd nea ther Oasis Academy (school) development. Who on earth build a new school on such a dangerous stretch of road and doesnt have the sense to make sure that funding is available to build a crossing so that kids can cross safely? If thats not gross incompetence or a paramount requirement for childrens safety I give up! Instead, the O & L Community Committee is held to ransom and put on the proverbial community guilt trip by being told theres no money for the crossing and can it help out by giving over all the community committee devolved highways budget to pay for an unknown shortfall in the cost of the crossing-you have to see the irony that the exact amount of money in the pot £150K-was what they originally asked for.
 
Milton Fell wrote
at 08:52:00 on 16 April 2011
WHY ARE THESE C@@@TS TESCO ADVERTISING JOBS ABROAD ?
 
Andyfor Langworthy wrote
at 20:38:31 on 15 April 2011
Salford Council have given in to Tesco yet again. so its too late now. But the residents of Langworthy have a chance to voice their opinions on May 5th (Langworthy have 3 sitting councillors who have all voted in Favour of £40 million pounds of CUTS for Salfordians) Only 1 candidate will vote against thses CUTS and any more proposed. Only 1 candidate wants Salford Councillors to take a 30% CUT to allowances back dates to this Tax Year. when this Tesco arrives it should only be staffed by residents of Langworthy. The Local Commuinity should have all 106 Monies given to them to decide how best to use it.
 
Mike Skeff wrote
at 20:38:01 on 15 April 2011
It's always sad to see trees removed, most people seem to have an affininty with them which I think stems from our pagan past. I agree partly with Stuart Hall, if the trees are replaced then sometimes these thing have to happen. As for another Tesco: I think it will affect the precinct initially, which dispite what Stuart says is as busy as any other shopping precinct, although the market is indeed 'dead'. Tesco may bring some jobs, but how long a depressed area can sustain another giant shopping outlet remains to be seen. Change is'nt always for the better and neither councillors nor planners seem to learn from past mistakes.
 
Em3 wrote
at 10:58:57 on 15 April 2011
lost for words except: SALFORD COUNCIL R ECO-VANDALS
 
Eddie wrote
at 07:50:22 on 14 April 2011
Funny how the trees needed culling just as Tesco needed the land .Funny , and highly dubious .There is a rotton stench in this city .
 
wrote
at 19:37:30 on 13 April 2011
Untreated trees?...they were mature trees that have been there for close on 30 years and werent diseased,so why would they suddenly fall down...couldnt that happen with any tree anywhere? The trees were on the periphery of site, why couldnt they have been incorporated into the development? Do we really have to accept the desecration of what scant greenery there is around the precinct has been sacrificed to make a profit for Tesco...and theyre even advertising abroad for managers for their branches..... These new trees wont be planted till after the development is completed, so much for creating greener spaces....so much for sustainable regen- Langworthy is fast becoming the dumping ground for second rate developments no other area wants. Bet it wouldnt have happened in Boothstown or Worsley-they would have had tree preservation orders slapped on them
 
Stuart Hall wrote
at 16:21:38 on 13 April 2011
I do not understand all the negatives about this development, things progress and move on. As you stated in your report, they are still going to plant 245 trees to replace them that have been kncked down, you would be the first to blame if one of these untreated trees fall and hurt someone. With regard to the TESCO store itself, this will not effect Salford Shopping City in anyway, as this is dead anyway, have you seen Salford Market nowadays - dead. It is only busy on flea market days, so that says alot, and before you start, yes I am Salford lad born and bread, and welcome the developments of Salford, i.e. The Crescent, Salford Media City UK, TESCO, Morrisons on trafford Rd (No one seems to be bothered about that)the New School developments
 
David Taylor wrote
at 14:59:38 on 13 April 2011
Yet another immense cock up by the council, suprise suprise. The council are idiots ruining what would have been a help on the eyesore that will be the Tesco Superstore
 
life is loud wrote
at 14:59:21 on 13 April 2011
How dare you Tesco have trees cut down nature will not like it one bit and will have her revenge in the meantime I hope noone will shop at this Tesco land institution when its built we should rename Salford Tesco Shopping City as it has practically bought Salford anyway.
 
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