Anger as council cuts down trees to stop people having sex

Anger as council cuts down trees to stop people having sex

Anger as Plymouth council cuts down more trees – with officials saying it is to stop people having sex and taking drugs in public

  • Plymouth City Council faced backlash after cutting down trees on Plymouth Hoe
  • The local authority previously felled dozens of trees in Plymouth city centre 

Locals have hit out at Plymouth City Council for cutting down even more of the city’s trees – in a bid to stop people having sex in public.

The local authority was accused of ‘butchering’ a number of ‘stunning’ palm trees next to a shelter in Plymouth Hoe, the city’s world-famous seafront park. 

It previously faced nationwide backlash for chopping down 110 mature trees in Plymouth City Centre, on the city’s main shopping street, Armada Way. 

Now, having cut down more trees, the council has claimed the clearances are necessary to tackle a ‘growing’ wave of anti-social behaviour – as officials complained about ‘sex and drug paraphernalia’ left in the sea view park. 

Plymouth locals, instead, said those causing problems would simply move ‘elsewhere,’ as they called on the authority to stop. 

Plymouth City Council cut down a number of ‘stunning’ palm trees in the city’s famous Plymouth Hoe seafront park in a bid to stop people having sex in public

A council spokesperson said: ‘The area around the Belvedere shelter has suffered from growing anti-social behaviour, with council officers regularly having to clean up sex and drug paraphernalia.’ 

‘As part of our regular programme of maintenance, and following feedback from the community, including local groups, we have been keen to clean-up this space on the Hoe and make it more welcoming and safe for both residents and visitors.’

‘Over the past few years we have already carried out improvement works on two other shelters, which has received positive feedback. 

READ MORE: Pictured: Trail of destruction at site where council chopped down dozens of trees ‘under cover of darkness’ for £12.7m regeneration project – after police hauled away activists trying to stop the project  

‘In the latest works, carried out on the final shelter on April 23, we removed large shrubs, including cabbage palms.’ 

Any plans to cut down trees are increasingly facing major backlash in Plymouth, after the council’s chief was forced to resign over its £12.7 million plans to fell 110 trees on Armada Way. 

Tory leader Richard Bingley, who lives in a five-bedroom in one of Plymouth’s most upmarket tree-lined streets, left the council on 27 March, following backlash over the city centre tree clearances.    

Campaigners previously won a court injunction to temporarily halt Plymouth Council’s regeneration plans, after 12,000 locals signed a petition. 

The council’s tree felling plans are aimed at encouraging investment in the seaside resort by creating a more ‘business friendly’ city centre. 

A Plymouth City Council spokesperson noted new foliage would be put in place on Plymouth Hoe to replace any trees that were felled in the seafront park. 

‘We will be replacing them with planting that has improved biodiversity benefits and provides a better home to bees and bugs,’ the spokesperson said. 

‘Works were carried out in consultation with an ecologist, who confirmed that there were no birds nesting. 

The council, however apologised to local residents, for failing to give proper notice of the Plymouth Hoe clearances, as it pledged to keep them updated going forwards.

‘We apologise to the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum that we did not keep them up-to-date with the detail of these works. Community engagement will be a priority moving forward.’

The council has faced major backlash over its decision to cut down 110 trees on one of Plymouth’s main streets in line with a £12.7 million regeneration scheme

Plymouth City Council noted the work Plymouth Hoe was carried out under the previous Conservative administration, prior to Labour’s recent victory on 19 May.  

The felling of trees has become a major council following its decision to chop down 110 trees on Plymouth’s major shopping street, Armada Way. 

Locals were quick to criticise the removal of the palm trees on the Hoe, as they slammed the ‘despicable’ felling of trees on the city centre boulevard.

‘I can’t believe this! What the hell is wrong with you. Leave our trees alone!’ one Plymouth resident said. 

‘How many more trees are they going to cut down, they’re obsessed with cutting down trees,’ another asked.  

Critics warned the council’s decision to fell more trees was damaging the city’s wider reputation, following reports in the national press. 

‘Plymouth now has a very bad press across the country after the despicable felling of the trees in Armada Way against public opposition,’ one resident said. 

‘Does the council not realise that a huge amount of people are traumatised by what happened and further with the sight of the huge tree pile. Yet I wake up to see yet more unnecessary felling of trees.’

Plymouth Council brought in contractors to cut down 110 trees on the city centre’s Armada Way in March, sparking fury from conservationists 

 The council’s decision faced fierce backlash from locals and its plans were later temporarily halted by a court injunction

The Plymouth local, who described the palms as ‘stunning’, said the removal of plants and trees would simply see those participating in anti-social behaviour move elsewhere.

‘Those causing the problems will simply move elsewhere,’ the Plymouth local said. ‘The problem needs to be addressed at root cause level, not moved on.’

Another local called the council to deal with the anti-social behaviour instead of cutting down trees. 

‘How about taking steps in tackling the antisocial behaviour rather than lopping the trees down and thinking that’ll solve it?’ the resident said. 

‘These palms were stunning,’ one resident said. ‘The sound of the wind in palm leaves is unique and was something to be enjoyed by all.’

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