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To: Bristol City Council and Burger King

Save 200 year old Oak Tree at EATsgate

WE WON! 30/06/17

We delivered a downloaded version of this petition to Case officer.
The developers have resubmitted their plans and the tree is saved! They are now planning to enhance the area around the tree to enhance its vitality and vigour.

We won this battle but fear there will be another in years to come...10 to be precise.

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Save 200 year old Oak Tree at EATsgate

Don't cut down the 200 year old Oak Tree at Burger King Eastgate.

Why is this important?

Developers want to chop down the 200 year old Oak Tree at Burger King, Eastgate, to make way for a new retail park.

It is an Oak Tree. Britain's has oh so few left, it should be given a protected status. It contributes to the wellbeing of the environment around a very busy junction at Eastgate. Alternative plans can be prepared and approved to conserve what is after all a very important part of Bristol's natural history.

If the tree comes down it'll prove that the councillors of this great city care more about money than the wellbeing of Bristolians. It's a bad bad idea.

How it will be delivered

Please sign the petition we can present to Bristol City Council if you feel this tree should be saved.

Eastgate Retail Park, Eastgate Road, Bristol

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Reasons for signing

  • Leave our trees alone Burger King or bugger off back to USA
  • I'm a professional arborist and have seen many less important trees given tpo status. An ideal specimen
  • The oak should be there for the people of Bristol long after Burger King is a footnote in history.


2017-07-13 09:43:25 +0100
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Petition is successful with 6,844 signatures

2017-07-13 06:24:02 +0100

The petition is now closed and will be delivered to Paul Chick, Case officer 2pm friday 14th July 2017. Well done PEOPLE.

2017-07-11 11:30:43 +0100

We will be closing the petition on wednesday 12th July 2017-tomorrow and presenting it to Paul Chick, the Case Officer at City Hall at 2pm on friday 14th July 2017 if any of you would like to join me. We will of course notify the media in case they would like to cover the event.

2017-07-06 07:29:20 +0100

We are aiming to deliver the petition on 18th July 2017 at City Hall. We are currently establishing to whom we have to meet with to do so. Also we shall be inviting the media there and when we have details it will be posted here. All are welcome to come along. Nearly 7k signatures so far.

2017-07-03 16:49:02 +0100

We are aiming to present the petition in good time for the determination date and so the opportunity to add voices to the campaign is now limited and we ask if anyone knows someone who is thinking of signing up please get them to do this week because we will present our case to the appropriate persons in good time so they cannot say they did not get it. Also I will let you know when it will happen because we hope to have local media coverage....and you may like to join in when i take it down to City Hall(The Council House)

2017-06-30 14:19:21 +0100

The burning question is if the tree has a Preservation order on it why should there be a threat that the tree will be cut down. What is making developers believe they can just ride roughshod over a TPO? We need experts to answer that question and take appropriate action to ensure the TPO is adhered to. I hear that we may win this battle but in years to come the developers will attempt again to get their way. That has to be looked into and commitments from the Council that this tree will be safeguarded. Of course dirty tricks might start saying the tree is in a bad way and has to be cut down.... my age has taught me one thing..where money is involved people in power will bend over backwards to make it happen regardless of cost to the community. Debates will have to include decisions that ensure this tree lives its own natural life cycle.

2017-06-27 10:28:55 +0100

Just to clarify. I met with Radio Bristol and the reporter clarified that the Bristol Post is wrong There is not a reprieve, simply that the developers are reviewing the application in the light of the public response. We will continue with the petition until nearer the decision time when we will present to the Council. The fact we have over 3k signatures means the Council has to put the application to a full council meeting. Keep watching out for my updates because I will let you know when we are stopping the petition so until please encourage many more people to help us. The tree may be 150 not 200 years old but that is still making it an old tree and still needs preserving..

2017-06-26 13:56:44 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-06-26 10:38:02 +0100

we are reaching 5,000 signed up....we need to spread the word to family and friends who agree to the campaign and will sign up...lets put pressure on the planners to see sense. So please spread the word via social media.... there are over 180 objections on the planning application including an officer in Bristol City Council.thank you...planning application reference is -17/01580/P on Bristol City Council website planning.

2017-06-23 16:30:36 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-06-23 13:13:30 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-06-23 11:46:35 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-06-23 11:42:38 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-06-23 11:41:49 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-06-23 11:41:01 +0100

10 signatures reached