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Eco-warriors join protest against Cat Hill housing
Thursday, 17 April 2014
A NEW batch of battled-hardened warriors has swelled the ranks of the Cat Hill protest group and has planned a wave of campaigning stunts for this weekend.
The environmental activists have set up camp close to the site in Cat Hill, Cockfosters, where housing developer London and Quadrant is building 231 homes.
The eco-warriors, who were involved in occupying Friern Barnet Library after it was closed in 2012 before it was brought back into community use last year, plan to monitor the impact the development is having on the natural landscape.
Activist Cimi Starchild told the Gazette: “Our aim is to encourage and empower people to stand up for their rights and their community”, and explained that the protesters were particularly concerned about damage being done to ancient woodland.
“We have set up camp to protect the site from further destruction,” she said. “Twelve ancient trees on the site have protection orders on them, but as far as we are aware the developers have ignored these and felled the trees.”
Another area of concern is a newt pond, which, Ms Starchild says, is now “more like a swamp”.
However, developers L&Q have consistently maintained that it has complied with every environmental requirement set before them.
And a spokeswoman from the company told the Gazette: “Our specialist tree experts and ecologists continue to communicate closely with the council and Natural England following the detailed planning permission granted by Enfield Council last year.
“Our aim is to create a site that will offer improved and more diverse habitats to support wildlife and bio-diversity.
“This work will see us introducing more native planting on to the site and adopting an active 25-year tree management programme.”
A day of “celebration and protest” is scheduled at the site on Saturday and Ms Starchild says it will include a variety of activities from about noon onwards.
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Posted by : Obi, Cat | Sunday 20/Apr/2014 | Report this comment
What the heck does ’active 25 year tree management mean’? Does it join the newspeak term ’Affordable housing’ translating to £400,000 flats most people cannot afford?
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