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Save Southwark Woods demands inspection of the latest stage of largest burial excavation and mounding project in UK history.

 

What is going on in Camberwell Old Cemetery Woods? Which trees are being cut down, how large, how many and where?

 

Last week Harriet Harman QC MP questioned legality of Council’s own planning permission as unclear which trees are to be felled

 

Woods are being cleared for burial plots. In polluted London. In 2016.

 

11th February 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Today, Save Southwark Woods requested a site inspection of Southwark Council’s demolition site at Camberwell Old Cemetery, where the latest stage of the largest burial excavation and mounding project in UK history is taking place.

 

Southwark Council wants to clear 2.5 acres of woods and have begun cutting down many large trees - at least 12 major trees already - but we believe dozens more trees have gone.

 

We want to know what is going on in Camberwell Old Cemetery Woods. Which trees? How large? How many and where in what was once Grade 1 SINC woods.

 

These wild woods, one of London’s rarest landscapes, are - or were - home to bat colonies, owls, firecrests, stag beetles and other rare and ‘protected’ species, as well as veteran oaks, wild pear trees and a myriad of other wildlife.

 

Southwark Council are to cover over 48,000 public graves and Commonwealth War Graves with illegally dumped construction waste, for less than 800 burial plots on a waterlogged hillside, all at huge public cost.

 

Last week Harriet Harman QC MP questioned the legality of Southwark Council’s planning permission. On 3rd February, as chainsaws destroyed acres of natural habitat, she wrote to Cllr Darren Merrill that she was unclear which trees are to be felled and advised work should stop.

 

SSW has demanded detailed plans of exactly which areas are consecrated as Church permission is required before any works start.

 

“A site inspection was promised but has never happened. We are extremely worried. said Save Southwark Woods spokesperson Blanche Cameron. How can a Council be allowed fell hundreds of trees in a polluted city like London in 2016? We’re demanding independent scrutiny. If Southwark Council has nothing to hide, it will show us what it is up to.”

 

 

Save Southwark Woods' letter to Council Officer Rebecca Towers is below:

 

 

Site Inspection and maps of consecrated and unconsecrated areas, Camberwell Old Cemetery

 

Dear Ms Towers,

 

Site Inspection and maps of consecrated and unconsecrated areas, Camberwell Old Cemetery

 

Save Southwark Woods requests to make a Site Inspection of Area Z, Camberwell Old Cemetery.

 

Given that you have promised access for a Site Inspection but this has not materialised, we will be there today 2pm Thursday 11th for a full inspection.

 

Please also forward maps (not links) by return which show exactly which areas of ground at Area Z and Area D1 including works site access routes are on consecrated and unconsecrated.

 

Please confirm receipt of this email.

 

Sincerely,

 

Blanche Cameron

 

 

Campaigners demand Site Inspection of cemetery woods destruction

11th February 2016

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