Work begins to remove ‘upsetting’ netting from Guildford trees near Woodbridge Meadows

March 13, 2019
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Work to remove netting around 11 trees in Guildford began on Wednesday morning (March 13).

Eleven netted trees were spotted at the Walnut Tree Park site near Woodbridge Meadows and Woodbridge Road over the weekend (March 9 and 10).

The site, owned by developer Sladen Estates, is planning to build 191 apartments, although no planning permission is yet in place.

A spokesman said on Wednesday (March 13): “Due to a delay in planning, work to remove the nets has now started.”

The developer faced backlash from social media users and the wider public for the large white nets, which it says were put in place to protect wildlife nesting in trees during construction.

One particular tweet from novelist Melissa Harrison, which gained more than 2,500 retweets and 4,500 likes, described the netting as “upsetting”.

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Guildford Borough Council (GBC) said it had liaised with the developer on Monday (March 11), who had agreed to remove the netting within 48 hours.

A spokesman said on Wednesday (March 13): “I have checked with them and the nets are due to be removed today – subject to acceptable weather conditions. 

“A cherry picker will be needed which obviously cannot be used in high winds.”

In a tweet on Saturday (March 9), leader of GBC Paul Spooner said he was “seriously unimpressed” with the netting.

 

A GBC spokesman continued to say that the netting had “nothing to do with the council”.

A spokesman for Sladen Estates said on Monday (March 11): “We understand the strength of reaction to the netting of trees at Walnut Tree Park but want to reassure everyone that we have taken the correct advice.

“Due to a delay in planning, the nets are now set for removal as soon as practically possible and the company remains committed to sustainable development.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/work-begins-remove-upsetting-netting-15966742


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