To: Mendip District Council Planning Department

Save the Frome Plane Tree

03/04/14 - I am pleased to announce that today, Mendip District Council have refused the application to fell the Frome Plane Tree. Thank you all for signing the petition - 2,744 signatures of support undoubtably made a difference - amounting to around 10% of Frome town's population. Well done also to those 80 of you that made a direct objection to the council, as that is the forum they really have to listen to.

Save the Frome Plane Tree

Reject a planning application to fell a mature London Plane tree in Frome.

Why is this important?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tky42vHUHlI
Just 6 months after granting a Tree Preservation Order on this London Plane Tree, Mendip has received an application to fell. Unfortunately the TPO will not save the tree from Pangmore Development's application if approved by Mendip District Council.
This is one of the last trees in the town centre and certainly the last tree of note in the Kingsway precinct. It is a specimen town centre tree and plays a major contribution in the character of the Conservation Area, and its felling would be a major loss to the aesthetic quality of the town.

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Reasons for signing

  • We face similar problems..You are not alone! Our 'Save the Downham Market and Wimbotsham Green Belt' campaign supports your cause. Please support ours!
  • It's a beautiful tree.
  • Its good to see a lovely tree in the middle of town

Updates

2016-08-22 22:27:58 +0100
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Petition is successful with 2,766 signatures

2014-09-03 11:36:43 +0100
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Petition is successful with 2,757 signatures

2014-04-03 17:46:16 +0100
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Petition is successful with 2,744 signatures

2014-04-03 11:52:52 +0100

Dear Friends of the Frome Plane Tree,

I am pleased to announce that today, Mendip District Council have refused the application to fell the Frome Plane Tree. Thank you all for signing the petition - 2,744 signatures of support undoubtably made a difference - amounting to around 10% of Frome town's population. Well done also to those 80 of you that made a direct objection to the council, as that is the forum they really have to listen to.

I hope that Pangmore Developments take note of the strong message sent by the people of Frome and accept the Council's decision, and allow the tree to live on.

Once again, thanks, it couldn't have happened without you!

Best regards,

Julian Hight

www.britainstreestory.co.uk

2014-03-07 14:13:18 +0000

Yesterday delivered 'Save the Frome Plane Tree' petition to Mendip District Council with 2,680 signatures of support. That evening, Frome Town Council's planning meeting voted to reject the planning application to fell, and will recommend Mendip District Council do the same. Final decision scheduled for 2 April. You can still object by e-mailing: consultations@mendip.gov.uk quoting planning application: 2014/0041 and include your name and address. Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=725457440832859&set=a.376704615708145.96712.100001058305649&type=1&theater

2014-03-05 16:56:12 +0000

2,645 signatures of support, 36 objections made to Mendip District Council, and this show of support photographed by Frome Times yesterday morning. Tomorrow I deliver the petition to MDC CEO, two councillors and the tree officer - all welcome to join me - 4pm - Cannard's Grave Rd, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 5BT.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=724822130896390&set=a.210579618987313.63667.100001058305649&type=1&theater

2014-03-03 15:19:13 +0000

Local newspaper The Frome Times want to run a story on the Frome Plane Tree and the campaign to save it, and will be meeting myself and other supporters under the tree in the Kingsway Precinct, Frome, tomorrow morning at 9am (Tuesday 4 March) for a photo to accompany the article. It would be great if you could come along - be part of a group photo - to show support for the tree. The more the merrier! If you plan to attend, please send me an e-mail so I can get an idea of numbers.

2014-02-26 13:38:42 +0000

I am going to deliver the petition by e-mail this Saturday 1 March - the last day the council are receiving objections - so please help spread the word via social media and e-mail to family and friends to give the campaign a big final push.

2014-02-23 09:01:44 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2014-02-22 08:53:11 +0000

500 signatures reached

2014-02-21 17:36:03 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-02-21 15:28:40 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-02-21 14:15:17 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-02-21 13:17:06 +0000

10 signatures reached

2014-02-21 13:00:06 +0000

As well as signing the petition, you can make an objection to the council before March 1 here: http://publicaccess.mendip.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MZ4UOYKP2G000
For those having difficulties making an objection on-line (as many are apparently), please e-mail your objections to: consultations@mendip.gov.uk before March 1. Quote: Planning Application: 2014/0041/TPO London Plane Tree - removal, and your name and address.