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The People are The Power

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The canopy of London Plane trees in Holland Park

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Those same Plane trees in 1900

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TFL's proposal for a cycle lane - where the cyclists are in the foreground of their projected image there are currently trees, not concrete and asphalt.

Update, 16th June, 2019.

On June 13th our Council, RBKC, responded to the thousands of people who objected to the removal of the trees and rejected the TFL cycle lane proposal. Thank you RBKC for seeing sense and thank you so very much to all of you who emailed the Council and signed the petition to save our trees, over  6000 of you. The people are the power.


My neighbourhood, Holland Park, is currently blessed with a canopy of 120 year old Plane trees lining the avenue. Tall, leafy, graceful branches arch over the street providing a glorious vista and counteracting air pollution. Plane trees are the lungs of London. However, Transport For London is proposing to cut down a number of magnificent trees to create a cycle lane [they wish to fell 23 trees in total in Holland Park Avenue and Notting Hill Gate]. No residents were informed about this proposal by our council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It was only thanks to our local butcher, Lidgate, whose shop has been on the avenue for 150 years, that residents were made aware. Whilst we support cycling and cycle lanes on appropriate roads, this road is not appropriate. What ecological sense is there in felling 23 mature  trees for a cycle lane? We all need more trees not more concrete, thank you.

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