18-metre tree next to Tower Bridge could be felled

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ldw
Wednesday 13 June 2018 5.51pm
The Vault restaurant want to fell the tree because its roots are restricting the use of their open-air terrace. NO WAY that tree benefits all people not just a few of your paying customers and your bank account

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Wednesday 13 June 2018 6.22pm
How old is the tree? What was there first?
Thursday 14 June 2018 10.20am
Lombardy Poplars are extremely fast growing and have a wide-roaming and disruptive root system. They certainly don't belong near buildings.

I hate seeing any tree felled, but 20 years ago someone appears to have made a poor planting choice and perhaps a better choice of tree should replace this.
Thursday 14 June 2018 10.29am
Does it benefit ALL people? I suspect there are plenty, who would be indifferent to it going and some, with no financial interest, who would be delighted to see it go. There are several more that I would like to see taken away that block pavements and the like. I saw someone in a wheelchair trying to get past one on Harper Road recently. All the could do was go out onto the road and find the next place they could get back up. Not ideal. A smaller/ better located tree would be fine, but having one of the largest in the street located on the narrowest piece of pavement is not appropriate in that instance. Maybe the same is true at Tower Bridge.
Thursday 14 June 2018 12.12pm
I walk past that tree every day on my way to and from work, so I made a point of looking at the terrace area for the damage which is supposedly being caused by the roots of the tree. The Vault's terrace area is largely a raised area of decking, with steps up to it. The area in front of that around the tree doesn't look any more damaged than the rest of the paving in Shad Thames, which has plenty of damaged, broken, raised paving stones. If these aren't considered a hazard for pedestrians, I don't see how the same sort of damage around the tree can be considered a hazard either. If the roots are damaging the structure of any buildings, of course, that's another thing, but the area around the tree looks perfectly acceptable for customer usage otherwise.
Thursday 14 June 2018 10.31pm
Objections can be registered here (29 currently)

https://planning.southwark.gov.uk/online-applications/

Search for reference: 18/AP/1580

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