Three young trees lining the central reservation of London Road – and planted as part of last year’s improvement scheme – were destroyed over the Spring bank holiday weekend in a hit and run collision which has been labelled “heart-breaking” and “senseless, reckless driving” by local residents and campaigners.
Lib Dem Councillor Lisa Brett (Walcot) commented:
“These trees were planted in early 2015 as part of the London Road regeneration project. It is heart-breaking to see them destroyed by dangerous driving after all the years of hard work undertaken by local residents and Councillors to develop the plans to improve the environment.”
“The Lib Dem administration was proud of its investment in the London Road as one of the main gateways to our city. The regeneration project helped transform a previously badly neglected area. The current administration must now step up and ensure that these trees are replaced and that the remaining trees and replacements are protected from further attacks.”
Local resident Ann Dunlop said:
“I’m disgusted by the consequences of senseless and irresponsible driving, something we see far too much off on the London Road at night, thankfully no body has been killed. These trees were planted for the benefit of the local community and to help improve the environment of London Road for all Bath residents and visitors. The criminal knocked them down should be ashamed of themselves.”
Chair of the London Road Regeneration Community Steering Group, Francesca Thompson, added:
“The London Road regeneration project marked a turning point in the fortunes of London Road. This scheme was all about changing perceptions of London Road and attracting new businesses and investment to the area. Local residents led the way in deciding what improvements would make the most difference, and making the area greener with trees and planters was top of the list. It is so disappointing that the trees have been knocked down, but this does not take away from the overall achievement.”
For information: The London Road project was one of the flagship regeneration projects of the Liberal Democrat Council administration of 2011-2015. The project included improvements to the street scene, better pedestrian and cycle facilities and environmental projects.
One of the felled trees.