Why are trees being cut down in Cator Road

There have been a number of posters pinned to trees in Cator Road, along the lines of “save our trees” and “less cutting more planting.”

The background is that we raised the issue of the state of Cator Road. Parts of the pavement affected by tree roots were becoming a hazard, tree pits looked neglected and were overgrown with weeds and the basal growth around the trees had not been cut back. The council carried out an inspection and agreed that work was needed. At the same time, they identified 5 trees that were dead, dying or likely to become a safety hazard. As well as being a conservation area, there is a school in Cator Road.

The council does not identify tress for cutting down without good reason; it is a very expensive operation.
The cause of the damage to trees is thought to have been a gas leak. A similar situation occurred in the grounds of the school. So, sadly, 5 trees have to be removed. We have ensured that replacement trees will be planted during the autumn planting season. Of course, these will take time to grow but we would never condone action which led to the unnecessary cutting down of trees or a reduction in the number of trees (unless perhaps requested by residents).

If anyone has any further queries, it would be helpful if they referred them to local councillors or directly to the council.

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This blog is maintained by Cllr Kathy Bance MBE, Cllr Peter Fookes and Cllr Kevin Brooks, the Labour Party councillors for Penge & Cator ward on Bromley Council.
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One Response to Why are trees being cut down in Cator Road

  1. When you start looking into it, the issue of tree risk is, indeed, a rather technical matter. But I would also add that I got the impression, on a recent tree walk at Crystal Palace Park, that the tree team are cutting down trees smply because they are hollow. A National Trust nature officer confirmed, at a subsequent talk, that this was not sufficient reason…

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