120 trees to go as town prepares for regenerationBy Becky Barnes
January 31, 2013
Bracknell's regeneration has stepped up a gear as work to clear the northern part of the town centre earmarked for demolition begins with the removal of trees.
Work to chop down approximately 120 trees in Broadway, Crossway, High Street and The Ring kicks off on Monday and has been brought forward to make sure trees are cleared before birds start to nest in March and April.
Helen Barnett, Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (BRP) marketing manager, said: “It is imperative we remove the trees before nesting season so we don’t upset their nesting habitat during a critical chick-rearing stage.
“With the plethora of forest areas surrounding the town centre, this early action minimises any impact on the bird population.”
Regeneration bosses want to reassure people the new designs for the northern part of the town centre will bring the essence of the surrounding countryside in through a series of natural urban spaces.
Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: “As the regeneration picks up pace, some early work must be done to get the northern part of the town centre ready.
“I know some residents will be sad to see the trees coming down, but I can promise there will be lots of new trees and green landscaping as part of the regeneration.”
All the wood from the trees will be turned into wood chip and delivered to a biomass plant, where the chips will be converted into energy.
BRP says it is working closely with Bracknell Forest Council to keep disruption to a minimum and sections of the regeneration will be carried out in phases, with one area completed before going on to the next.
The work to chop down the trees is expected to be completed by the end of February ahead of demolition works in Broadway and Crossway due to start in the summer.
Plans for Bracknell’s regeneration were showcased at a public exhibition on Friday, January 18, and Saturday, January 19, where people were shown designs for green urban spaces visually linked to one another throughout the town.
The town centre scheme has been designed with street furniture and trees throughout to create a pleasant environment where people can sit and relax in the open air and under cover.
The top of the ring road will also be diverted to create a large square between Waitrose and the proposed M&S store which will bring the store and the new northern area together.