Update on Whitstable's battle to prevent Network Rail destruction of another wildlife corridor (17.5.12)
This is the situation right now as far as local people in Whitstable are concerned: literally hundreds of residents are incensed that Network Rail is still planning to go ahead on 28th May with the tree felling operations on the Cromwell Road embankment - during the bird breeding season - and when the company has been advised by all the relevant wildlife agencies not to do so. There is a high risk that breeding birds, their eggs and nests will be disturbed/destroyed/damaged in this operation, the police are standing by, the RSPB is standing by, and local people are standing by. Forget the cursory nest studies done by their contractor, we have done our own, and Network Rail should be made very aware of that.
One Sunday in April 2012, Network Rail dropped a leaflet through the letterboxes of a few people living in houses alongside the railway track advising that some vegetation work was to be undertaken by the track. The following day, Network Rail contractors turned up with chainsaws and woodchippers to start felling the trees, exactly as happened months ago in Grange Park
Fortunately, the good people of Whitstable were up and about, had had their first cup of coffee of the day and called the Police, reporting the contractors for breaching the wildlife act. Tree felling was halted pending a meeting between representatives of Whitstable and Network Rail.