One step closer to a silent spring

This letter was published in the South Wales Echo on 26 March 2019

March 20 was the first day of spring. It was a chance for people to consider the valuable role nature plays in our lives, including bird song in our city trees.

Unfortunately, councillors on the city’s planning committee chose this date to approve the destructions of beautiful mature trees on the Suffolk House site in Canton, Cardiff, even though they are in a conservation area. Thanks to the votes of Councillors Iona Gordon, Frank Jackson, Keith Jones and Chris Lay we are one step closer to a “silent spring” where bird song can no longer he heard in our nation’s capital.

It seems that the common good is not a concern for some councillors. They prefer to blindly follow the advice of clever-clever planning officials and the demands of property speculators.

They should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

Rob Cooper, Joy Lock, Elen Miles, Ceri Williams


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