Livid Sandbanks residents have slammed a council ‘hack job’ after luscious inexperienced hedges have been chopped down, leaving simply stumps alongside a Millionaires’ Row street.
Staff at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have sparked an offended backlash after shredding an overgrown hedgerow within the upmarket Dorset seaside resort Sandbanks.
Locals had complained overgrown foliage was scratching their costly automobiles however different well-heeled residents accused the council of going too far – with claims at the moment that the ‘excessive’ motion made it appear to be the bottom was ‘set on fireplace’.
BCP was additionally accused of finishing up a ‘hack job’ by critics, but mother and father welcomed the removing of what have been seen as ‘well being and security’ concern hedges.
Seafront-facing houses at Sandbanks can promote for as a lot as £13.5million and the picturesque location has attracted the likes of celeb chef Rick Stein, former soccer managers Harry Redknapp and Graeme Souness and laptop magnate Sir Peter Ogden.
Residents say the coppicing carried out by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council makes it appear to be land within the Sandbanks seaside resort has been ‘set on fireplace’
The overgrown hedges earlier than they have been reduce down on Banks Highway in Sandbanks
Retired aeroplane pilot Richard Krause, 62, referred to as the work on the foliage ‘excessive’
Council chiefs say they needed to act to enhance sightlines and security for individuals crossing roads
Gill Brooks, 59, a personal carer, described the native authority’s response as ‘very drastic’
Council officers say the coppicing work was essential to enhance sightlines – and security – for individuals crossing busy roads within the resort, however reactions have been blended.
Gill Brooks, 59, a personal carer who has lived in Sandbanks for eight years, stated: ‘It is very drastic. It seems like they’ve set it on fireplace.’
Archaeologist Skye Goodall stated: ‘It seems like a hack job.’
And retired aeroplane pilot Richard Krause, 62, stated: ‘The hedge was masking the trail so one thing wanted to be executed however it is a bit excessive.
‘They’ve proven no finesse and seem to have simply come alongside and stripped it.’
But panorama gardener Bob Smith leapt to the defence of the council, praising them for doing ‘precisely the proper factor’.
He stated: ‘It would look actually dangerous proper now however it is going to develop again in six months.
‘Individuals identical to to have a moan about every little thing – in September they are going to be complaining it’s too tall.’
Two moms with prams, who didn’t wish to be named, welcomed the choice to take away the hedgerows for ‘well being and security’ causes.
One stated: ‘It was so harmful with the overgrown hedges as a result of youngsters would stroll out into the street and drivers wouldn’t see them.
‘Crucial factor is well being and security so I welcome what they’ve executed.’
There have been claims that the employees had acted to enhance the views of residents dwelling in unique close by flats, though this was denied.
Archaeologist Skye Goodall stated of the hedge-cutting: ‘It seems like a hack job’
Different locals have dubbed the result in Sandbanks ‘horrible’ and ‘an absolute eyesore’
Residents have accused the Council of being ‘heavy-handed’
Caroline Papp, 52, a profession coach who lives in close by Ashley Cross and continuously walks in Sandbanks, stated yesterday: ‘It’s an absolute eyesore – I do not perceive why they wanted to be in the reduction of fairly a lot.’
One other Sandbanks resident, who requested to stay nameless, stated: ‘It seems horrible – I do not know why they did not trim them as a substitute of hacking it down.’
Nevertheless, different locals praised the council for a ‘nice and proactive choice’.
Sandie Smith stated: ‘I believe it’s a nice choice – the crops shall be recent and reinvigorated for the summer time.
‘We won’t let issues go to rack and damage – we should be proactive.’
One other native, Stephen Allen, stated: ‘The hedges have been fully overgrown as that they had not been reduce since earlier than the pandemic, when they need to be executed yearly.
‘They’d develop into a security hazard as there’s a zebra crossing and whenever you drove down the street individuals would all of a sudden seem from behind the hedge and you would need to do an emergency cease.
‘It was an accident ready to occur. The council have fully chopped it again and it seems ugly for the time being however it is going to develop again.
‘I do know they’re cash-strapped, however they should do a greater job sustaining this space of Sandbanks.’
Sandbanks is one essentially the most unique areas on the South Coast with homes costing tens of millions
The council have stated enhancing residents’ views was ‘not a part of their consideration’
Sandbanks, which is made up of about 800 households, has a number of well-known residents together with former soccer supervisor Harry Redknapp
A spokesman for BCP Council stated coppicing wouldn’t hurt wildlife and regrowth would seem in spring when crops begin to produce flower heads.
He insisted enhancing residents’ views was ‘not a part of their consideration’ they usually as a substitute acted as a ‘security’ measure.
Councillor Andy Hadley, the council’s portfolio holder for local weather response, surroundings and power, stated: ‘The tamarisk hedgerows on Banks Highway have been coppiced.
‘That is regular observe to enhance the well being of the plant, stop tangled branches and promote dense heads of foliage.
‘On this occasion, the security of pedestrians and street customers within the space was additionally a big issue within the choice to coppice, as we had obtained a number of studies of the hedge impacting on the road of sight of individuals utilizing the crossing level outdoors the Sandbanks Lodge and the general public crossing from the seashore to the Tesco Specific.
‘The crops had very thick woody progress and now this may be maintained every winter with none affect to the general public, wildlife, or street customers.
‘Regrowth will seem within the spring when the plant begins to provide flower heads.
‘These are good for bees, butterflies, and some other pollinators in that space. There is no such thing as a affect on wildlife.’
One native described the pruned bushes as an ‘absolute eyesore’ after they have been in the reduction of
BCP Council stated coppicing wouldn’t hurt wildlife and regrowth will seem within the spring
Earlier this month, celeb inside designer Celia Sawyer condemned council officers for letting her neighbour maintain an unlawful balcony that overlooks her Sandbanks backyard the place she sunbathes in a bikini.
The Channel 4 4 Rooms star stated she was appalled that neighbour Neil Kennedy ‘bought away’ with flouting planning guidelines on his £4million house in Poole Harbour.
In the meantime, former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp gained planning permission to construct an Italian-style luxurious villa after he bulldozed his £7million house in Sandbanks earlier than the native council gave permission final September.
The ex-football supervisor and his spouse Sandra paid nearly one other £7million for the 60-year-old indifferent home on the Dorset peninsula.