Protest fighting planned tree felling in Newark's London Road Carpark for more parking spaces is organised for September 18
Another protest fighting the proposed felling of age-old trees in Newark has been organised.
Protect Newark's Green Spaces is planning another demonstration in response to plans to cut down trees between Newark Library and the newly-refurbished Old Municipal Buildings — now Bishops Place apartments.
This time, it will be a Stop The Chop march around the remaining green spaces in Newark town centre.
Newark and Sherwood District Council's policy and finance committee is set to meet on September 23 to debate and vote on the options for the trees.
"This march will protest destruction of any of the mature trees in order to build a carpark. This carpark, in our view, is not wanted or needed in Newark except by the council," said a spokesman for Protest Newark's Green Spaces.
"The council's plans for this go back as far as 2016 and were largely based on parking estimates in 2017 and 2018. A full parking review was never held by the council even though this was promised in March 2019 at a public meeting.
"The same council declared a climate emergency strategy in September 2020. While this is an admirable document — detailing how carbon emissions will be reduced from their council housing, council vehicles, travel, buildings, etc — it completely ignores the fact just three of the trees which may be destroyed at the Library Gardens are currently storing a total of 9.297 tonnes of carbon.
"Planting of trees and preserving mature trees is not mentioned in this strategy document although there are some pictures of trees in it."
The council signed a 25-year lease with Datch Properties (owner of Bishops Place) to use land between the back of Bishops Place and Newark Library for council-managed public carparking — meaning the felling of the trees.
Dan Derry, of Datch Properties, has said £750,000 would be received from the council across the duration of the lease, but that there was a break clause at around ten to 12 years.
He said he has offered the council an alternative access for the carpark, which would avoid the felling of the most prominent sycamore tree — but said this hadn't been taken up.
The council has said a consultation on the need of a carpark has not yet been completed. However, a website shows the carpark development works have gone out to tender.
Newark and Sherwood District Council has previously said a decision on the proposed carpark will be made at the policy and finance committee this month.
Protestors will be assembling at the Library Gardens, off London Road Carpark, on Saturday, September 18, from 1.30pm.