Dundalk Tidy Towns tweetz:
A contractor hired by Louth County Council has destroyed hundreds of newly planted trees (by TT volunteers) and countless numbers of existing gorse along the navvy bank! So much for the biodiversity drive! Whoever is responsible for instructing this needs to be held accountable!
Beats modern art.
IMMA (Royal Hospital Kilmainham)
In Skerries, County Dublin.
The resistance to the weird, widespread tree-felling in random communities has begun.
Public Meeting On The Current Tree Situation (Skerries)
Drimnagh, Dublin 12.
Buzz O’Neill Maxwell writes:
Despite empty promises about consultation Dublin City Counci went in this morning and destroyed dozens of healthy trees in Brickfield Park…
What is going on?
Clare County Council did this outside the local library [Harmony Row, Lifford, Ennis, County Clare]…disgusted. They said the trees blocked light to the next building…which is Clarecare a private health company. FFS…
Friday: Over 7,000 trees felled by local authorities in 18 months (Irish Times)
Thanks Irish Wildlife Trust
The real issue is that, if realised, BusConnects will make permanent space for private motor cars. This would be achieved at the cost of the city’s built heritage and green infrastructure – including thousands of road side and privately owned trees.
As such, this element appears to contravene both the Dublin City Development Plan and the EU Habitats Directive.
Thus, Objective GIO27 commits:
‘To protect trees, hedgerows or groups of trees which function as wildlife corridors or ‘stepping stones’ in accordance with Article 10 of the EU Habitats Directive.’
While Policy SC15 seeks:
‘To recognise and promote green infrastructure and landscape as an integral part of the form and structure of the city, including streets and public spaces.’
And Policy SC12 aims:
‘To ensure that development within or affecting Dublin’s villages protects their character.’
It is noted that at a public meeting earlier this year in the Clayton Hotel off Leeson Street, on behalf of the National Transport Agency (NTA), Hugh Cregan, stated that plans have not yet been prepared for replacement of trees.
Given the massive scope of the scheme, it seems essential to provide plans for what will occur after the initial destructive phase – otherwise, the plan is missing key elements, and is premature.
Road-widening schemes for Dublin during the 1970s and 1980s were not a solution to our transport ills then – and do not provide one now.[More at link below]
Dubliners Deserve Better Than Bus Connects (Ruadhan MacEoin, CassandraVoices)
Top pic: Rollingnews
Social Democrats cllr Elisa O’Donovan tweetz:
This is so depressing to see. Cars parked in space where a few months ago beautiful, mature trees had stood. There was such an opportunity to use this green space as a positive community amenity and space shame on previous Limerick Council councillors for voting for this.
Further to Associate Professor at University College Dublin’s geography department Gerald Mills’s research about the number of trees that will be cut down to make way for the BusConnects programme in Dublin…
Kevin Baker, of Dublin Cycling, has responded…
Yesterday: How Many?
From a report by University College Dublin Geography Associate Professor Gerald Mills
Associate Professor at University College Dublin’s geography department Gerald Mills has found there are more than 4,700 trees growing within a 20m wide corridor along the 16 bus routes earmarked for possible road-widening as part of the BusConnects project.
The project aims to deliver 230kms of dedicated bus lanes and 200kms of cycle tracks along 16 of the busiest roads in Dublin.
Thousands of trees may face the chop to accommodate BusConnects routes (UCD)
Baggott Street, Dublin 2
More than 3km of roads across Ballsbridge and Donnybrook in Dublin 4, stretching to Lower Baggott Street , Dublin 2 have been festooned with red ribbons to highlight the potential loss of trees as part of the BusConnects programme.
UPDATE: the trees pictured will remain.