Monday, 17 February 2014
Councillors slam reckless pub owners
The Ham and Blackbird public house has come under intense criticism from Empress Ward councillors Gareth Lyon, David Clifford and Brian Parker and local residents for putting passing motorists and pedestrians at risk.
A number of large trees on the site of the Ham and Blackbird pub have been ringmarked with a clear intention of killing them.
In a cynical attempt to bypass the council's planning system the pub is believed to have killed the trees so that they cannot be used as grounds for refusing an application.
The large trees are now highly unstable and are located in one of the busiest roundabouts in Farnborough.
With recent high winds and storms the trees could fall onto the road or the pavement at any moment.
Mike Smith, a local resident from Pierrefondes Avenue said:
"This is appalling behaviour by the pub - they are cynically trying to get round the planning process and should face serious consequences for this reckless and irresponsible behaviour."
Cllr Gareth Lyon said:
"It is shocking to see such terrible behaviour right in the centre of Farnborough. The trees will now need to come down but I am sure that local residents will make their disapproval known to the pub in future."
Cllr David Clifford said:
"With more storms on the way these trees could fall onto cars or passing pedestrians at any moment - the pub should feel ashamed of themselves."
Councillors and residents are now calling on council officers to take action against the pub and to protect residents from the threat of the trees.