Tree removal has left site open to abuse, say locals

Residents (left to right), Pat Exelby, Richard Warner, John Gibson, Phillip and Fiona Prophett with front Joe Exelby (13), and Betty Gibson.
Residents (left to right), Pat Exelby, Richard Warner, John Gibson, Phillip and Fiona Prophett with front Joe Exelby (13), and Betty Gibson.
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NEIGHBOURS are worried that woodland cleared as part of a major electricity maintenance programme has been left open to travellers.

The site, off Anson Grove in Portchester, was cleared about a fortnight ago, cutting down dozens of healthy trees.

Scottish and Southern Electric contacted landowners Fareham Borough Council before it chopped down the trees to provide access to pylons and cables as part of a £122m maintenance and upgrading programme to the supply system.

But since then, nothing has happened and concerns are growing.

Resident Richard Warner, 46, said: ‘They were quick enough to get in there and knock everything down but then they’ve been dragging their heels about doing anything to make it secure again. My major concern is that there is nothing at all to stop travellers going up there. Something needs to be done as soon as possible.

‘And when I look out of my bedroom window now I can see the tops of lorries on the motorway. Before this I could only see the trees and it’s noticeably louder now.’

Ward councillor Roger Price said: ‘Scottish and Southern notified the council, but the council never notified the ward councillors so we knew nothing about it until we started getting the angry phonecalls.

‘Members are supposed to be told if there’s something happening in their wards.’

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of the council, said: ‘The ward councillors would need to take this up with the chief executive. It sounds to me like a simple breakdown in communication.’

Cllr Price added: ‘I’d like to see some sort of fencing to reduce the noise from the motorway. We also want dragons’ teeth along there to stop anyone else gaining access to the site.’

Council officers have been meeting with Dalcour Maclaren, organising the project for SSE, to see what measures can be taken.

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