Petition after wildlife habitats are destroyed

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 May 2012

View from Brockley Crescent toward Beechmount Close.

View from Brockley Crescent toward Beechmount Close.


A PETITION and letters of objection have been submitted to North Somerset Council by Weston residents after an amenity site was stripped of its wildlife and trees.

Residents of Beechmount Close have protested against the sloping piece of land that backs onto their gardens being dug up, which has destroyed a number of wildlife habitats.

The space, which is owned by David Dodgson, is designated as an amenity site and a number of residents complained to the council when they first spotted a digger on the land on April 24.

Even though the work was stopped that day, the piece of land was cleared and has left residents fearing it is no longer stable.

Resident Ken Millard, aged 56, said the petition was handed in to the council last week with about 30 signatures from residents.

He said: “I think more than six or eight signatures on a petition would be enough for the council to reply and get some action. Between 17-20 letters of objection have also been put in to the council.

“We thought that the owner would have fore-warned the council that this was going to happen and our concern is also for the annihilation of the creatures that lived on that land and the problems it has caused for nature.

“The petition is objecting to what has happened on that land and someone must put up a bit of a fight and do something.

“Everything in the path of the bulldozer was taken down and we all feel very strongly about it. Now we are just waiting to see what is going to happen to this particular piece of land.”

A council spokesman said: “We have received a number of letters regarding land at Beechmount Close. All the issues raised by residents are being investigated fully at the moment.”

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