The Parish Council received a letter on 12 March 2019 (copy below) from Mr Hugo Haig following damage to trees on Lochailort’s property in the village.
The PC’s position is exactly as it was when the Chairman met Mr Haig on 5 July 2017 to discuss the appearance of the leylandii along the perimeter of Fortescue Fields East and West. At that meeting, the Chairman spoke of the PC’s dismay, and that of the community in Norton St Philip, at the planting of these trees. He said that this planting had been very unwelcome in the village; and he also drew attention to concerns that the ancient hedgerows could lose moisture, nutrition and light. He requested that the leylandii be removed.
At the same time, he underlined that as regards deliberate damage to trees, such action in any part of the civil parish is unacceptable. The PC will continue to discourage such activity. Its views on this have already been set out in earlier statements and we reiterate our position following the damage that occurred a few days ago.
The PC draws a clear distinction between its concerns about the planting of these trees and its attitude to any deliberate damage to them.
LETTER FROM HUGO HAIG:
I understand that you have been made aware of the Criminal Damage and Trespass that has taken place at our land adjacent to Fortescue Fields.
Basically someone, probably under the instruction of others, has cut down 200 healthy trees, in the dead of night, with nefarious intent.
This is certainly not something we would not expect in such a pleasant Village such as Norton St Philip – and not meaning to make light out of this illegal act – it would be more becoming to something out of Midsummer Murders.
Lochailort has funded a substantial amount improvements to the Village and we are upset, as I am sure the other good residents of the Village must be, at this blatant act of wanton criminal behaviour.
We shall be replanting the trees.
In the meantime the Police have been notified and they are carrying out enquiries.
If anybody wishes to come forward with any information of this crime, which leads to a conviction, we are happy to offer a substantial reward, or make a similar donation to the Church or a Village charity.
We would be grateful if you would circulate this email to the Village and confirm when this has been done.
Lochailort Investments Ltd,
108 – 110 Jermyn Street,