Planning/Tree

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

What began as a bad week for tree-lovers has continued with further sad news in Broughton today. 

Yesterday, work on the new Picardy Place gyratory was preceded by felling of the trees outside St Mary’s RC Cathedral. They were chopped in advance of the bird-nesting season. 

Today came news that a mature ash on Mansfield Place shows evidence of fruiting bodies of Armillaria (Honey Fungus). 

DON’T BE RASH WITH THE ASH

Remember HAL in Arthur C. Clark’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

The sentient Heuristically programmed Algorithmic computer began to malfunction in mid-mission. 

Artificially conscious, HAL knew he risked being disconnected, so not unreasonably turned against his astronaut masters with fatal consequences. 

Something similar may be happening in Regent Place, where a tree has grown too large for the garden and is beginning to cause structural damage. 

AT LAST – RBS PPP APPLICATION

Royal Bank of Scotland has finally submitted its proposals for planning permission in principle at 34 Fettes Row, and 7, 11, 13 Eyre Terrace. 

As predicted (Issue 250), many aspects of this will be familiar to those who have followed earlier stages of public consultation, but we revisit them here partly as a first stab at finding a route through the 59 documents submitted in support of the application.

ROOT AND BRANCH PROBLEMS IN St ANDREW SQUARE

An independent survey has revealed the damage being done to trees in St Andrew Square by the Events held there. 

Essential Edinburgh, which commissioned the survey by the Potter Tree Consultancy (PTC) and manages the Events, is now applying for permission to act on all the report’s recommendations (Ref. 16/05408/TCO). 

These concern 79 trees examined in the Garden in mid-October. 

STITCH IN TIME TO SAVE LIME: NEW CAMPAIGN GUIDANCE

Efforts by local residents to protect a substantial old lime tree on Northumberland Street North West Lane (Breaking news, 8.9.13) are gathering pace with distribution of a new campaign pack.

This sets out additional background details, relevant guidance and contact details for those committed to preserving the popular New Town landmark.

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