Many thanks to reader Pat for pointing this one out to me, I don’t know that much about trees, but thought they were usually pruned in the middle of winter. However this isn’t a pruning but more of a total defoliation, just at the moment with this heat wave we could do with more cool shady places not less.
The picture (click on it and then click on it again to enlarge) says it all really, for some reason that I don’t know the run of modern shops and offices here is called The Argyle Centre.
As is so often the case with the council this is mostly about acting without any public information, if this drastic action was necessary for some reason, perhaps the trees are diseased, I just don’t know. What is abundantly clear is that a press release before the action, explaining to local people what is to be done and why, is all the difference between local government that people understand and that people see as good government taking people with them through hard times and the situation we have now, action without public information or consultation, viewed for the most part as bad government, arrogant and uninterested in the views and feelings of local people.
It is the government of Animal Farm, Brave New World, If and 1984, quite inappropriate and out of place in the twenty first century.