Woodford Green residents hire law firm in fight to stop TfL removing trees from Central line embankment

First published in Redbridge East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

HOMEOWNERS fighting plans to chop down dozens of mature trees from a railway embankment are ready to take their case to the courts.

The group of eight residents from Kings Avenue in Woodford Green are determined to halt Transport for London (TfL) plans to chop down the trees which screen their homes from the Central line.

TfL says the work, which is due to begin on January 5, is essential to stabilise the embankment, but residents say it will hit house prices, lead to an increase in noise and threaten wildlife.

And they have hired law firm Irwin Mitchell, who have written to TfL asking for a full explanation of why the work needs to be undertaken.

Kings Avenue resident Rab Hashem, 38, said: “It is costing us more than £1,000 in legal fees but we feel we have no choice.

“Our solicitors have written to TfL asking for a full explanation because we have not had one and there comes a point where you have to take a stand.

"If they ignore our letter and go ahead, the legal channel is now open and we would consult our lawyers about the next step."

The work was due to start earlier this month, but was delayed after residents enlisted the support of Iain Duncan Smith.

TfL met with residents and officers from Redbridge council and agreed to spare some of the trees.

Kings Avenue resident James Smith said: “If you look out our back window you can see that they have already cut down some of the smaller trees.

“They have been heavy handed and, I think, sneaky about this.

“We cannot just sit back and do nothing because we are facing a 10 – 20 per cent loss on the value of our homes here.”

A TfL spokeswoman denied any trees had been removed, but said TfL is committed to beginning work on January 5.

She added: “In the New Year, we will be felling trees to allow safe access to the site and safe movement of machinery needed to do the job. 

“We have conducted a survey of the embankments with officers from the London Borough of Redbridge planning department.

“They identified trees of particular value and we will work with them to safeguard as many of these trees as possible.”
 

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1:21pm Mon 31 Dec 12

TTMAN says...

Their embankment, their trees. If they do not have a protection order on them then they can chop them down.
They are Transport for London not the keep the house prices up in Woodford to their already ridiculous highs company.
Their embankment, their trees. If they do not have a protection order on them then they can chop them down. They are Transport for London not the keep the house prices up in Woodford to their already ridiculous highs company. TTMAN
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1:31pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Dave mp says...

I thought it was possible for the residents to get the trees protected by having a protection order placed on the trees by giving reasons such as 'Asset to the community' and 'Pleasantly pleasing and a visual asset to the area'? Am i not correct?
I thought it was possible for the residents to get the trees protected by having a protection order placed on the trees by giving reasons such as 'Asset to the community' and 'Pleasantly pleasing and a visual asset to the area'? Am i not correct? Dave mp
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1:14am Tue 1 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Legal Aid?
Legal Aid? Cornbeefur
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8:36am Tue 1 Jan 13

E17_er says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Legal Aid?
1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Legal Aid?[/p][/quote]1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll E17_er
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7:27pm Tue 1 Jan 13

barbus44 says...

E17_er wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
Legal Aid?
1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll
Sad, isn't it.
[quote][p][bold]E17_er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Legal Aid?[/p][/quote]1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll[/p][/quote]Sad, isn't it. barbus44
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12:57pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

E17_er wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
Legal Aid?
1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll
You would know, I am visiting my Grandmother in Tasmania, nice to keep in touch with good old Stow whilst away.
[quote][p][bold]E17_er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Legal Aid?[/p][/quote]1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll[/p][/quote]You would know, I am visiting my Grandmother in Tasmania, nice to keep in touch with good old Stow whilst away. Cornbeefur
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2:32pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Alan_1976 says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
E17_er wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
Legal Aid?
1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll
You would know, I am visiting my Grandmother in Tasmania, nice to keep in touch with good old Stow whilst away.
Funny you claimed to be in the Marylebione hotel on the other thread...

I see your auld acquaintance "truth" has still been forgotten
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]E17_er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Legal Aid?[/p][/quote]1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll[/p][/quote]You would know, I am visiting my Grandmother in Tasmania, nice to keep in touch with good old Stow whilst away.[/p][/quote]Funny you claimed to be in the Marylebione hotel on the other thread... I see your auld acquaintance "truth" has still been forgotten Alan_1976
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9:47pm Wed 2 Jan 13

E17_er says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
E17_er wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
Legal Aid?
1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll
You would know, I am visiting my Grandmother in Tasmania, nice to keep in touch with good old Stow whilst away.
Aw sad little troll. So hideously obsessed and deprived of any other fulfilment you're online commenting an hour after midnight on New Year's Day.

I'll bring you back a cherry ripe.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]E17_er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Legal Aid?[/p][/quote]1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll[/p][/quote]You would know, I am visiting my Grandmother in Tasmania, nice to keep in touch with good old Stow whilst away.[/p][/quote]Aw sad little troll. So hideously obsessed and deprived of any other fulfilment you're online commenting an hour after midnight on New Year's Day. I'll bring you back a cherry ripe. E17_er
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3:40pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Alan_1976 wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
E17_er wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
Legal Aid?
1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll
You would know, I am visiting my Grandmother in Tasmania, nice to keep in touch with good old Stow whilst away.
Funny you claimed to be in the Marylebione hotel on the other thread...

I see your auld acquaintance "truth" has still been forgotten
Flew out next morning. Happy New Year to all my readers.
[quote][p][bold]Alan_1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]E17_er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Legal Aid?[/p][/quote]1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll[/p][/quote]You would know, I am visiting my Grandmother in Tasmania, nice to keep in touch with good old Stow whilst away.[/p][/quote]Funny you claimed to be in the Marylebione hotel on the other thread... I see your auld acquaintance "truth" has still been forgotten[/p][/quote]Flew out next morning. Happy New Year to all my readers. Cornbeefur
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3:49pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Alan_1976 says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Alan_1976 wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
E17_er wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
Legal Aid?
1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll
You would know, I am visiting my Grandmother in Tasmania, nice to keep in touch with good old Stow whilst away.
Funny you claimed to be in the Marylebione hotel on the other thread...

I see your auld acquaintance "truth" has still been forgotten
Flew out next morning. Happy New Year to all my readers.
So that means you weren't in Tasmania at 1:14 in the morning in New Year's Day as you first claimed.

Again too many lies and "flights" of fantasy.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alan_1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]E17_er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Legal Aid?[/p][/quote]1:14 in the morning on New Year's Day? Poor lonely troll[/p][/quote]You would know, I am visiting my Grandmother in Tasmania, nice to keep in touch with good old Stow whilst away.[/p][/quote]Funny you claimed to be in the Marylebione hotel on the other thread... I see your auld acquaintance "truth" has still been forgotten[/p][/quote]Flew out next morning. Happy New Year to all my readers.[/p][/quote]So that means you weren't in Tasmania at 1:14 in the morning in New Year's Day as you first claimed. Again too many lies and "flights" of fantasy. Alan_1976
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3:56pm Fri 4 Jan 13

mtp1db says...

Can you two stop flirting and if you have nothing positive to add please don't add anything.
Can you two stop flirting and if you have nothing positive to add please don't add anything. mtp1db
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