Meteor Ford tree - update from meeting with Tesco
On Wednesday 20th June, representatives from various local groups met with a representative from Tesco, Aspect Arboriculture and the Birmingham City Council Planning department. We were supported by two of our ward councillors (Ernie Hendricks and Martin Straker-Welds), and Howard Drury, an independent arboriculturalist.
To summarise, the tree will remain in situ until it is agreed that it is unsafe and must be removed. The view of Aspect Arboriculture is that the species and current root morphology of the tree will render it unable to withstand the changes to the site that will follow. Our view is that the development should be sensitive to this - so if there is a way of performing the remediation, groundworks and subsequent development without breaching the root protection area, we would like this route to be taken.
We can make no guarantees other than to exhaust every possibility to save the tree. So have a read of the notes and see what you think.