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How hard is it to get a tree planted?

December 8, 2018 3:06 PM
By Martin Burfoot
Sue Burfoot by controversial tree stump

Cllr Sue Burfoot by the old tree stump

You wouldn't believe the fuss about replacing the long since felled Horse Chestnut tree which used to dominate the Smedley St crossroads close to All Saints Church in Matlock.
The long suffering Civic Association, along with County Cllr Sue Burfoot just want to get a replacement tree planted, preferably with a small area of paving or grass around it. However, red tape has held up the process for several years, with our Tory so called 'Enterprising County Council' insisting on doing all the work itself, at a cost of over £13,000, but paid for by the Town Council, Civic Association and perhaps community grant funds. Please note that not one penny was ever coming from the County Council ! We think most of the work, if not all of it, like supplying and planting the tree, could be done a lot more cheaply by a local, specialist firm and save everyone a lot of money. This is a case of 'Do what we say…and pay for it as well' ! Despite the intervention of Cllr Burfoot, a senior Tory Councillor has now rejected a compromise scheme. How long will it be before this eyesore becomes a traffic hazard?