Firstly, one resident has noted that Lambeth Council are being rather heavy handed in their removal of trees in SE11. I've been informed that two trees have already been culled from Chester Street / Denny Street. I could only find one of them (or its remains, at any rate). What a mess!
Alarmingly, another two trees are scheduled for removal shortly, and yet all of the trees that have been chopped (or are facing the chop) look healthy. Here are the two concerned (left on Denny Street and right on Chester Street):
The resident in question has contacted the council, but wanted me to publicise the danger that the trigger-happy council pose to the trees. A visit this evening yielded more info on the tree on Chester Way and it seems that some of the residents are protesting the cull:
The poster on the left points out that it would take two decades to grow another cherry tree, and adds that the tree is being destroyed on the basis that the trees roots are exposed and it therefore may form a danger. Is this not a "Health & Safety gone mad" blooper of the year? The poster designer has instead suggested that it would be better to raise the pavement than destroy the tree. Hear, hear!
This is probably a question for the Princes Ward councillors, but it would be good to receive clarification about the reasons for the tree removal. Perhaps additional residents need to act to prevent the removal of established trees if the only reason for cutting them down is exposed roots. The tree on Denny Street doesn't contain an explanation about why it's facing the chop:
This issue probably should be drawn to the attention of the Kennington Association, as there may well be other local trees that Lambeth wish to cut down, and residents deserve some prior warning or explanation in order to protest if necessary.
Secondly, one reader has noted that I've previously praised Lambeth Council's recycling procedures and good performance in the area of recycling. The correspondent begs to differ and is unhappy with the frequency which which the one bin on his block is emptied. (Recycling collections generally take place weekly in Lambeth). The reader has attempted to get his block's bin emptied more frequently, but has had no success. Cllr Jack Hopkins (so I'm assuming this refers to Oval Ward) did respond to one email from the correspondent, but subsequent emails on the matter have not received a response. Does anybody else on local estates in the area suffer from the same issue? I know that many estates suffer from people using recycling bins as rubbish bins (I'm unclear if this is lack of understanding of policy or willful misuse), but are there a dearth of recycling bins in the Borough, particularly given the size of some local estates? It would be good to draw this to the attention of the Council if it's a wider problem.
Lastly, one reader wanted to highlight their objection to a request made by Kelly's Pub (in Clapham Road) to extend their opening hours to 5am from Thursday to Sunday. I don't intend to go into detail here (suffice to say that the request seems wholly unreasonable), since Jason Cobb has covered that patch of SW8 adequately on his Onionbag blog in a post here and another here. Do remember to submit objections since the Council won't hear residents' voices otherwise.