Silvertown Tunnel: Campaigners attempt to delay tree removal
Campaigners have been removing markings on trees in Greenwich Peninsula due to be felled for Silvertown Tunnel work.
More than 100 trees are due to be removed for the tunnel, which is strongly supported by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and for many years by Greenwich Council.
A recent application to remove hundreds more trees has been withdrawn – though the terms of approval mean tree removal is a formality. That application came a week after plans to remove another 20 trees were approved.
An application for removal states:
“The Order at Article 18 provides powers to fell or lop any tree or shrub within or overhanging land within the Order limits, or cut back its roots, if it is believed to be necessary to prevent the tree or shrub from obstructing or interfering with the construction, maintenance or operation of the Project.”
A large number have trees are marked for removal with campaigners removing the crosses.
Trees to be retained need submitting to the local authority: “No part of the authorised development may commence until a written landscaping
scheme for that part has been submitted to and approved to the local authority.”
The tunnel is being constructed by Silverlinx. Tolls are to be applied to Blackwall Tunnel and Silvertown Tunnel.
TfL traffic forecasts show an increase in congestion across Greenwich borough post-completion.
Advocates such as Sadiq Khan never refer to forecasted increase across the evening peak period impacting across Greenwich borough including Blackheath, Kidbrooke and Eltham, instead solely focusing on morning reductions northbound.
There will be no tolls at Rotherhithe Tunnel which threatens adding to congestion in Greenwich and Deptford as traffic heads west to avoid tolls. Greenwich Council have also advocated tolls on the Woolwich ferry if traffic increases there to avoid tolls. That requires legislative change to the Metropolitan Board of Works Act 1885.
It’s not just tree removal that is impacting the area. A new car and coach park is being built on sites earmarked for much needed housing, including a site beside the cable car.
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