Compensation After Oak Trees Are Felled

Call for funds to be spent in Wimbledon Chase

Compensation has been paid to Merton Council following the felling of two mature oak trees on the pavement outside a building site in Wimbledon Chase.

The trees were cut down outside the former Emma Hamilton site in Kingston Road, where Bellway Homes are building flats and retail units.

Following pressure from Wimbledon Chase Residents' Association, Bellway have given Merton Council £20,000 in compensation to be spent on trees and the streetscape in the immediate vicinity.

The residents' association is encouraging local residents to contact the council to ensure the money is spent in the area.

Resident Anthony Fairclough said: "It's a real shame that this has happened and - as with all development - Merton really needs to make sure it engages with residents on the work it's doing to compensate for it.

"It shouldn't be left up to residents to chase the Council, nor should the Council assume that simply speaking to ward councillors is enough."

March 20, 2015