Allington Nursery and Garden Centre is clearly against it and raises some very valid points; copying here for others to see it;
Good afternoon everyone,
I have owned land in Allington Lane for approximately 40 years. I have lived here for 34 years and what has gone on in Allington lane for the last 3 years is an absolute disgrace. First of all, we get Linden Homes and still to this day with all their mess that goes with it onto the road. Then we get Bargate Homes with all their mess and noise, hundreds of vehicles and lorry’s driving all over the entrance to our house and then the NEW road with all the road closures and mess. Plus all the mud and debris ends up in the ditches, blocking them up and causing flooding. And now we have the carnage of trees being destroyed that have been there for generations for the wildlife that have lived here over the years. All of this destruction of trees is so Eastleigh borough council can put a foot path and cycle path in. As a tax payer why are we paying for cycle lanes. If cyclists paid a tax and had insurance that would be different. You only had to look at the cost for the Avenue in Southampton to have cycle lanes for then it all to be removed at the cost of the taxpayer.
I say all of the above as a local resident, but on top of that we are trying to run a business. Of which the council have very little regard for the businesses in Allington lane. Since the start of the building works, there has been nothing but road closures, traffic lights, the road dug up on numerous occasions. Covid and what goes with it is bad enough, but the last few years has had a serious negative effect on our business.
What do you get from EBC they are going to plant saplings, to replace what you can see in the photographs. Allington Lane is called a lane for a reason, and look what EBC are doing to it now? And they are meant to represent the people?? Can’t you tell no one from the planning department lives here.
This used to be a nice quiet place to live, but not anymore!! Maybe I should become a local councillor!!..
See the pictures attached for the destruction being caused.
Part 2… Received information today that there was machinery cleaning what they call “scrub” between the trees, an average person would call it nature’s habitat. While butchering the trees as you have seen in our previous post, now I can’t believe what we were told, this site is owned by EBC (we presume) and the vehicle doing the scrub work was told to leave the site because there has been NO ecology report done!!! I would of thought the first thing you would do is have these reports in place before you starting butchering nature. On top of this, the beautiful pine tree in the picture which must be well over 100 years old is also now going to be butchered and removed!! In the 40 years we have been here this has been a haven for wildlife nesting and playing, in the time we have lived here we have watched the squirrels play in here, especially in this pine tree. All in aid of a foot and cycle path! We are meant to be looking after nature? David Attenborough says it’s important to look after the environment and nature.
We have planted over 60 trees on our site to help with nature and then we watch EBC butcher and destroy these trees for the sake a cycle and foot path that could of been done in between the trees.
The question I have for EBC is, are they going to replace these trees on a like for like basis? Or will they be saplings that we have to wait generations for them to start removing Co2 from the atmosphere.
We are absolutely disgusted!! This used to be a nice, quiet place to live, but not anymore!!
Source is their facebook page here: Allington Nursery & Garden Centre - Home | Facebook