Anger as builder cuts back bushes

Basildon Recorder: How it looks now – the car park with its bushes gone How it looks now – the car park with its bushes gone

FURIOUS nature lovers want to know why rows of healthy bushes have been destroyed to make way for a supermarket car park.

Vinci Construction, the firm which is building the long-awaited £30million Pitsea regeneration, has flattened the site off Rectory Park Drive, Pitsea, which was used as a car park for market shoppers and leisure centre visitors.

It is set to become the car park for a huge Morrisons superstore, but one much-loved feature will be missing.

About 280 metres of berry-producing pyracantha bushes, which birds feed off, have been dug up. The move came despite plans for the new car park showing similar greenerywill be used to divide rows of parking bays, in the same way the pyracantha bushes used to.

Graham Wallis, 50, who works at Belson & Sons opticians, in nearby Pitsea Broadway, slammed the contractors for the “unnecessary destruction”.

He said: “I just don’t get what these people are thinking. Why couldn’t the dividing beds stay?

It looks like they are going to be putting something similar back anyway.

“I want to know a good reason why this abominable destruction was considered necessary. I was mortified when I first saw what they had done. I am saddened by the destruction of this environmentally significant feature.

“I know the car park in Pitsea has long been considered a hotspot for some unusual birds.”

In January, families reacted angrilywhen 100 year-old willow trees lining a footpath in Gifford Green, Pitsea, were given the chop to make way for a back entrance to the 75,000sq ft Morrisons, despite having preservation orders on them.

Resident David Greene, 65, said : “We are losing wildlife and the environment because of the regeneration. It’s such a shame.

“The problem is nothing seems to be getting replaced.

“It seems to us like they’re allowed to go ahead and do what they like, and just get permission for it afterwards.”

The supermarket, which is due to be completed by Christmas, is the last phase of the regeneration, which also includes a new market and replacement Aldi store.

Paul Murrock, project manager at Vinci Construction, said he could not comment on the issue, but was working with Basildon Council after receiving a complaint.

A Basildon Council planning spokesman said: “The Pitsea regeneration project has been thoughtfully designed around a structured landscaping scheme.

“Its shrub replanting programme begins this December, in plenty of time for flowering next spring, and features among others, 824 cotoneasters, 920 elegantissimas and 350 escallonias, as well as about 100 new trees.

“Our intention is to provide a natural camouflage to the development for the benefit of neighbours.”

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8:36am Wed 18 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Concrete for parking, parklands for bushes....
Concrete for parking, parklands for bushes.... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -8

8:38am Wed 18 Jun 14

Who_Flung_Dung says...

its a bloody bush!!
Seriously, get a grip with yourself!!
its a bloody bush!! Seriously, get a grip with yourself!! Who_Flung_Dung
  • Score: 0

9:14am Wed 18 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

not nice, for the nesting birds, but progress is progress......
not nice, for the nesting birds, but progress is progress...... pembury53
  • Score: -2

9:17am Wed 18 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

pembury53 wrote:
not nice, for the nesting birds, but progress is progress......
Not nice for the Basildon birds, nowhere to lay...
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: not nice, for the nesting birds, but progress is progress......[/p][/quote]Not nice for the Basildon birds, nowhere to lay... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 8

9:41am Wed 18 Jun 14

Nebs says...

They are going to replant according to the plans. This article just creates problems where none exist.
They are going to replant according to the plans. This article just creates problems where none exist. Nebs
  • Score: 7

10:05am Wed 18 Jun 14

JH_123 says...

“I know the car park in Pitsea has long been considered a hotspot for some unusual birds.”

You're not wrong there!
“I know the car park in Pitsea has long been considered a hotspot for some unusual birds.” You're not wrong there! JH_123
  • Score: 17

10:08am Wed 18 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Taken them long enough to gripe to the Echo about it. These bushes were cut down months ago.
Taken them long enough to gripe to the Echo about it. These bushes were cut down months ago. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 10

11:30am Wed 18 Jun 14

BrokenDreams says...

I can see why Basildon has a reputation for empty heads and morons judging by the comments, Graham cares about nature, someone has to so these people don't concrete over everything, when you grow up hopefully you'll understand.
I can see why Basildon has a reputation for empty heads and morons judging by the comments, Graham cares about nature, someone has to so these people don't concrete over everything, when you grow up hopefully you'll understand. BrokenDreams
  • Score: 4

2:04pm Wed 18 Jun 14

emmycass says...

Good glad they gone. All they do is puncture my bloody wheels on my expensive pushchair
Good glad they gone. All they do is puncture my bloody wheels on my expensive pushchair emmycass
  • Score: -6

2:46pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Dingo says...

emmycass wrote:
Good glad they gone. All they do is puncture my bloody wheels on my expensive pushchair
Perhaps you shouldn't push your buggy through a hedge.
[quote][p][bold]emmycass[/bold] wrote: Good glad they gone. All they do is puncture my bloody wheels on my expensive pushchair[/p][/quote]Perhaps you shouldn't push your buggy through a hedge. Dingo
  • Score: 12

3:27pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Who_Flung_Dung says...

BrokenDreams wrote:
I can see why Basildon has a reputation for empty heads and morons judging by the comments, Graham cares about nature, someone has to so these people don't concrete over everything, when you grow up hopefully you'll understand.
old pensioner i presume?
[quote][p][bold]BrokenDreams[/bold] wrote: I can see why Basildon has a reputation for empty heads and morons judging by the comments, Graham cares about nature, someone has to so these people don't concrete over everything, when you grow up hopefully you'll understand.[/p][/quote]old pensioner i presume? Who_Flung_Dung
  • Score: -6

5:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
not nice, for the nesting birds, but progress is progress......
Not nice for the Basildon birds, nowhere to lay...
Basildon birds will always find somewhere for a lay.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: not nice, for the nesting birds, but progress is progress......[/p][/quote]Not nice for the Basildon birds, nowhere to lay...[/p][/quote]Basildon birds will always find somewhere for a lay. poortaxpayer
  • Score: -3

9:57pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Its-me says...

Typical local rag. Mountain out of a mole hill. I'm sure much better news items must occur in such a town???
Typical local rag. Mountain out of a mole hill. I'm sure much better news items must occur in such a town??? Its-me
  • Score: 1

12:14am Thu 19 Jun 14

BrokenDreams says...

Who_Flung_Dung wrote:
BrokenDreams wrote:
I can see why Basildon has a reputation for empty heads and morons judging by the comments, Graham cares about nature, someone has to so these people don't concrete over everything, when you grow up hopefully you'll understand.
old pensioner i presume?
No muppet, just someone who also cares for the environment, I'm guessing you don't care about anything except maybe yourself...
[quote][p][bold]Who_Flung_Dung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BrokenDreams[/bold] wrote: I can see why Basildon has a reputation for empty heads and morons judging by the comments, Graham cares about nature, someone has to so these people don't concrete over everything, when you grow up hopefully you'll understand.[/p][/quote]old pensioner i presume?[/p][/quote]No muppet, just someone who also cares for the environment, I'm guessing you don't care about anything except maybe yourself... BrokenDreams
  • Score: 3

3:58pm Thu 19 Jun 14

maddriver says...

'FURIOUS nature lovers want to know why rows of healthy bushes have been destroyed to make way for a supermarket car park.'
Doesn't the second part of the sentence answer the first?
'FURIOUS nature lovers want to know why rows of healthy bushes have been destroyed to make way for a supermarket car park.' Doesn't the second part of the sentence answer the first? maddriver
  • Score: 1

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