19th May 1996
Been lying awake thinking about the beeches. I rang up the Chair of the ‘Special Planning Board’ in charge of the decision to fell and the conversation goes something like this:
me: why fell all the trees when your own report says only half should be felled?
Chair: by felling half, the others would look ugly and be unstable. Safety is our main priority – what if they fell on a school bus?
me: what if another expert looked at the trees and gave a second opinion on their safety?
Chair: no expert would go out on a limb against our expert!
Note: the National Park said of their plan to fell the beeches that “safety is our main priority” and yet they opposed the NIREX plan for an underground dump in 1996 on (given the toxic burden) the superficial grounds of “visual impact.” In 2013 their eventual and half hearted opposition to the ten times bigger geological nuclear dump plan (including high level nuclear wastes) was even more weak. Makes you wonder. Remember that Rusland is just 20 miles from Sellafield as the crow flies… this is what they said:
“It remains a concern that significant media interest highlights the potential location of the geological disposal facility in the ‘Lake District’ rather than ‘West Cumbria’. As a result of the association of a geological disposal facility and the Lake District we remain very concerned that there may be a direct impact on businesses operating within and trading off the brand of the Lake District”.