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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The landscape is a changin'.

The person who owns the land behind us is having the trees cut down. It's eerily quiet out there. The birds are gone. The squirrels are gone. I'm very worried because many of the birds have started their nesting ritual.

He's planning on building a five bedroom house behind us. Krip, along with other neighbors, has fought to keep him from doing so for the last six years. The battle was long, looks like we lost out; however, we made damn sure how that house would look. No windows facing us. The line of his roof cannot disrupt our sun. And like Krip said, every single time we contested, he had to pay through his nose to get it resubmitted. Small victories. Sad.

R.I.P. to the lovely trees.
R.I.P. to the wildlife we see and hear everyday.
R.I.P. to our privacy now.

It does look like the one oak tree out there will remain standing tall and proud. One can only hope.

I have to revise this post. They have cut down the old oak tree. What a beauty it was. I always thought that oak trees were suppose to be preserved in this country. Guess if one has enough money to grease enough palms, even something as lovely as the oak can fall in one mighty swoop.

I miss it already.


At 11:40 AM , Anonymous the letter b said...

and over here, the destruction of coral reefs in and around the various islets continues.

what's more insulting is the government telling the nature society that they could go bring those condemned coral reefs to an area designated by them - way beyond the sea surrounding us. right, they think coral reefs are like trees.

i don't mean to start anything here, but this serves to prove that Asians - in general - only appreciate money. and they don't give a damn about what has been bequeathed to them.

At 12:31 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

I had to revise my post, b. They are cutting down that lovely old tree.


At 1:50 PM , Anonymous the letter b said...

words fail me, Alice. they are hastening the death of the blue marble. pardon my french, twattin cunts.

At 5:12 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

That's a shame. You know me - I live in a rowhouse but we are lucky that our block has lots of HUGE trees. One of my neighbors cut hers down because she didn't like cleaning up the seed pods that were tracked into her house. I couldn't believe she would do that - but.

Sorry Alicenot.

At 10:54 AM , Blogger Shooting Parrots said...

Didn't they have a tree preservation order or something? I know from experience that the bastards often just cut the trees down and pay the fine, but even so....

At 2:06 PM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Well, Polly, someone did come out and measure the trees. He looked official, but I guess they deemed it okay to cut it down.

I wouldn't put it past him to figure out that the fine was a lot less than building and selling a five bedroom home, especially were we are.

At 6:11 PM , Blogger Mike's America said...

I know how you feel Alice.

I lived here for ten years and last year they built a house RIGHT next to me... The section I live in are small patio lots and the house is about 8 feet from mine.

Of course when my house was built, the same thing happened to the neighbor on the other side of me.

I guess it's the price of progress. But it doesn't make it any easier.

At 5:57 PM , Blogger Alison said...

Thats infuriating. I thought so to re preservation. What a git.

At 8:53 AM , Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Awful, truly awful.
Poor, poor trees.
And poor you.

And all driven by greed.

People who repeatedly resubmit planning applications always win, eventually. Even if it takes 10 years, they'll get their way sooner or later.

Corruption in planning? Surely not...

If people want to cut down mature trees as part of planning, the council's arboroculturalist has to be consulted. Experience tells me that by ringing him up and getting him on-side (by being on-site when he makes his inspection visit) when one gets wind of a planning application, one can get ahead of the process where he's officially asked for an opinion and often get TPOs put on old trees (Tree Preservation Orders). If the trees are then cut down, not only are they fined, but they have to replant.

Not all oaks are protected as many people think.

At 8:16 AM , Blogger "Alice" said...

"Not all oaks are protected as many people think."

blue witch: I think our oak was one of them, one of the unprotected, I mean.:(

At 2:23 PM , Blogger Mike said...

I can't cut a branch off any of the trees, that were in my garden at the time the house was built, without planning permission. Not even the weed sycamore tree that is more trouble than it's worth.

If one of the ones that was planted as part of the building plans submission dies, then I have to replace it.

At 9:45 AM , Blogger Wolfie said...

How tragic, I hate it when they cut-down trees with impunity.

After my Father retired he became a consultant engineer for the local council. He took on the developers as a self-appointed tree evangelist. What people don't understand is that trees are not only attractive and harbour wildlife but are vital for controlling drainage and soil health. He held back the tide for years but after his death the felling started again and now the village I grew-up in is almost devoid of trees. It makes me feel so sad now when I visit, its like the soul has gone from the place.

My sympathies to you.


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