Ron McEwen has shown the council will use any excuse to fell trees whether along the Twickenham Riverside or in Whitton, and whatever party is in power. The plan for Twickenham Riverside has always been to get rid of the chestnuts. In Whitton the promenade wasn’t designed to incorporate the existing trees but get rid of them and impose more amenable, smaller trees, satisfying the council’s need to impose. He must’ve seen the bareness of the area between Richmond and Twickenham Bridges where the council-instigated strategy has been to get rid of the trees there. The council has no respect for trees or nature whatsoever. The only use it had for Ham Wood, the most natural part of the borough, was to cut through it, for the trees to be reduced to a frame for an unimaginatively artificial vista that devalues the area as a nature reserve. And so it is throughout Richmond: the parish churchyard bared; Victoria Place mutilated, whole avenues of mutilated trees forced to sprout fingers of growth through their stumps that all should look done-to instead of displaying natural individual variety within the one species; oaks deformed almost out of all recognition along St Margarets Road. Supply your own instances. The council hates trees. It abuses them wholesale. It cuts them down to make way for a bus stop it could’ve placed elsewhere. Tree-haters gravitate to where they have unquestioned power to abuse, the council’s environmental department, and are encouraged to do so because the only principle that’s operative is the imposition of will on nature; and you, Ron, have sold the pass in asserting proper maintenance because who’s to judge what’s proper? A tree-hating council that’s who.
The Richmond and Twickenham Times published this much as it is except eschewing abbreviations, dropping ‘Richmond’ and inserting paragraphs virtually for each sentence.