Keep the Canal's Trees

  • by: Jill B
  • recipient: Warwick District Council; Canal and Rivers Trust

Leamington's Grand Union Canal towpath is lined by lovely mature trees. Developers on Althorpe Street (near the footbridge and the railway line bridge) want to take these down, but they really don't need to. They still have the option of developing their chosen area, while keeping our 'green corridor' of trees for health and wildlife. Petition Warwick District Council and the Canal and Rivers Trust to ensure that the trees are protected.

(Detail of the full petition)

WE the undersigned petition

  1. Warwick District Council; and
  2. The Canal and Rivers Trust

to protect and preserve mature trees lining the Grand Union Canal towpath in Leamington Spa between the railway bridge and the PBSA building on Althorpe Street, thus maintaining the physical and mental health benefits, and ecological benefits to the public as part of Leamington's 'green corridor'.  We point out that permitting the felling of these trees would be counter to:

  1. Warwick District Council's Tree and Woodland Strategy, para 2.2.3, policy 6 and para 3, especially 3.1.3;
  2. Canal and River Trust's declared commitment to care for the environment and to towpath users, articulated in the Governance Handbook of June 2018, Charitable Objects, especially 2.1.3 and 2.3; and 2.6.1. Also in Waterways and Wellbeing, September 2017, especially pages 113-118;
  3. Warwick District Council's emerging Canal Conservation Area (currently under consultation), whereby these trees would have TPO status.
Update #3about a month ago
Thank you - you signed the petition to protect the canal trees in Leamington. Now the same application has returned, largely unchanged, and still intending to fell the trees.

If you want to object again, the place to go is Warwick District Council Planning Applications, search for W/19/0505 to find the application. OR -
Put your comment in the form provided.
Update #27 months ago
Thank you for all your help. There will be another opportunity to comment and be heard when the planning application goes 'live' on the Warwick District Council planning website. I do hope that you will repeat your comments then.
Meanwhile, I will continue to take this further. After our meeting with the developer today, it was clear that further talks with Canal and River Trust could be productive. So that's what I'll do next.
all the best to you all - Jill Barker.
Update #17 months ago
You'll be pleased to hear that we have had responses from CRT and WDC. Bth are still thinking about it, but at least they are thinking, which is good. Cllr Kristie Naimo and I are meeting with the developer on Tuesday - we'll see what coomes of that!
Meanwhile, do keep on sharing, as the weight of numbers is very persuasive. Our total so far is close to 1000, when you add in the paper signatures collected by the canal.
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