to remove hedging in Burnham's Love Lane labelled 'sinister'
to remove 250 metres of hedging alongside Burnham-On-Sea's Love
Lane have been described as 'sinister' during a town council debate
their meeting on Monday (March 20th), members of the Planning Applications
Committee considered a plan from the owner of a field next to Burnham's
Love Lane to remove the hedgerow in order to allow the ditch to
be cleared out.
application is for "the removal of 250 metres of hedgerow on
the east side of the ditch to enable machine access for routine
maintenance and clearing the ditches to improve the drainage and
agricultural productivity of the land."
John Parkes said: "I find this application quite sinister -
this field is one of five sites in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
identified for possible future housing development. Is this the
early first phase before the full plans are put in?"
Cllr Bill Hancock responded: "As a farmer and land owner I
understand why the owner wants to clean out this ditch. I think
we would have egg on our face if we rejected this."
Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "The field often floods over
the winter so I fully understand why the ditch should be cleared."
Andy Brewer added: "We would look silly objecting against an
application to allow a ditch to be cleared out."
councillors gave their backing to the application with conditions.