Fears mature trees will be cut down at Eden Park High School, Beckenham
PUBLISHED: 15:17 04 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:17 04 January 2018
Residents near the new Eden Park High School fear several mature trees are about to be chopped down changing the landscape forever.
Some of those living in Upper Elmers End Road, Beckenham, say they are extremely worried workmen will be felling the 50-year-old trees any day now to make way for football pitches.
Protesters say if the two biggest are taken down, they will lose vital flood defences.
Locals said as site preparation work is set to take place soon, their objections must be listened to now.
Nigel Davis’s home backs on to the affected area, and he said: “Two of the trees in particular shield the environment from further flood risk and provide considerable local benefit.
“We have objected to the possible felling of these trees through various stages of the planning process but are concerned that their fate might have already been sealed.
“This area of the site is often waterlogged and has flooded in the past, residents have continued to point out.
“Under current plans the trees, which can have an expected lifetime of over 200 years, will be felled to allow undersized football pitches to run close to the boundary fence with properties along Upper Elmer End Road.
“I find the lack of joined-up thinking by the developers amazing.
“The trees provide us with a great deal of protection, help maintain local air quality and biodiversity, their loss would be a local disaster.”
Resident Stephen Street wrote: “I want to see the lime trees, that are mature trees, retained as a green barrier. These trees have stood for as long as the houses have been built, so since the 1930s.”
He said the trees will stop “footballs or cricket balls from entering our space”.
No one at the school or E21C trust were available at the time of writing.
Eden Park opened in August with 180 Year 7 students which will now grow year-on-year to about 1,600 students.
It has a unique provision of an extended school day, where all of the students will complete their home learning, revision and extra-curricular clubs.