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Andy Higham authorising mass culling of our borough’s trees.

Reported via desktop in the Trees category anonymously at 00:16, Fri 26 August 2022

Sent to Enfield Borough Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 3781593.

Last year a planning application was made to remove ancient and healthy trees that provide both aesthetic value to our borough, pollution protection and wildlife homes, from the flats on Eversley road. The application was initially rejected due to unfounded claims of subsidence, without objective evidence. I am concerned money has changed hands as the same paperwork has now been authorised and today I watched these trees decimated in one fell swoop. There were birds nesting in these trees and this is actually condoned wildlife crime. It is shocking that the person responsible for the borough’s trees and such decision making that has consequences of gravitas, has a complete disregard for nature and favours concrete jungles. I have lived here for 15 years and over the past five years at least of the current administration, between Christopher Langdown and Andy Higham, the borough’s trees are being destroyed at an alarming rate. I have read so called arboretum specialist reports and found them entirely subjective. Who is any one individual to decide how much greenery will suffice for aesthetic purposes - they do not live here. It is an absolute tragedy. The council ridiculous token gestures in return - planting a sap to compensate for trees that have grown here over 100s of years is appalling. Even more appalling is the total lack of democracy. I asked to speak with Andy Higham today and was informed that Enfield council policy is to not allow residents phone access to anybody in a managerial position; ergo they are not to be held accountable. I will be taking the council ‘s response and destruction of our ‘green’ borough much further. I have requested the reason for the move to an agreement to destroy another beautiful tree that is an environmental asset at this particular point in time especially and I am certain that I will be given the run around again and nobody will stand up and claim responsibility.

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