The reason why a Scout group has upset residents living next to the M3

September 16, 2018
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A Scout group has been granted permission to cut back some trees in the way of its new headquarters.

Residents opposed the pruning, saying it was their only barrier between their homes and the noise and pollution from the M3.

But Scout leaders for 1st Chertsey Scouts who are building their new HQ at a recreation ground in Staines Lane in Chertsey said the hut itself would still provide some screening.

Permission for the pruning was given by councillors at Runnymede Planning Committee on Wednesday (September 12).

Staines Lane in Chertsey
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David Kennedy who lives in the area said he was not opposed to the Scout hut but felt it could have been located somewhere more central to the town.

He said pruning the trees would have a detrimental effect not on only residents but also the children themselves who would be exposed to the pollution and noise from the motorway.

The two lime trees and mixed trees will be cut back to allow the construction of the new hut to continue.

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Dr Brian Perry speaking on behalf of 1st Chertsey Group said they acknowledged the objections from residents but ensured the Scout hut itself would still provide a screening.

He said they needed a new hut because their current one in Ford Road was “not fit for purpose”.

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/reason-scout-group-upset-residents-15155260


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