Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Protestors claim railway line trees victory in Network Rail fight... for now

Environmental campaigners have claimed victory in their fight to stop Network Rail from clearing trees close to a railway line - for now.
More than 100 protestors with placards gathered for a demonstration in Whitstable this morning.
Three women even chained themselves to trees in protest at plans to clear embankments beside the railway line.
They say the trees, which are behind Cromwell Road, are home to dozens of pairs of breeding birds as well as protecting residents from noise.
Network Rail bosses have now decided to delay any clearance work until September after finding evidence of rare birds nesting beside the track.
KentOnline reporter Jess Banham, who was at the protest this morning, said: "There are some very happy protestors here.
"Network Rail have done another walk of the track and have decided there is evidence of rare birds nesting, so they're going to delay any clearance work until the end of September.
"But it's not quite good enough for the women chained to the tree, though - they're going to stay there until they get everything in writing."
Alan Johnson, from the RSPB, said: "We think this is an important green corridor and we need to protect it.
"We need to make sure birds are, during the breeding season in particular, well protected."

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