Destruction of informal bike ramps/trails in Holloway Spinney

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Dear Buckinghamshire Council,

It has been brought to my attention that in recent days, BC workers have removed / destroyed bike ramps / trails and 'dens' constructed by youngsters over many years in Holloway Spinney (NE of Page Hill). Please confirm that this is correct.

If so, please can you furnish me with the decision making trail from start to finish of how this came to pass. In other words what prompted the action, which officers and members were involved in making the decision to order for this act to occur and on what basis? Was there any public consultation? If so, how and when?

Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

Jon Harvey

Buckinghamshire Council

 

 

 

 

Dear Jon Harvey

 

Thank you for your information request received on 17 April 2021.

 

We can confirm receipt of your request for information and will handle it
under the most appropriate legislation.  

Your case reference number is FOI 24102

 

You can expect to receive a response by 17 May 2021.

 

The Council will be in touch if we need any further information.

 

Yours sincerely,

Information Management Team

Buckinghamshire Council

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Dear Mr Harvey

FOI / EIR 24102

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding trails and dens
around Holloway Spinney.

 

This request has been handled under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.

 

We can confirm that Buckinghamshire Council does hold information falling
within the description specified in your request.

 

Please refer to our response below.
Holloway Spinney is owned and managed by Buckinghamshire Council for the
purposes of informal recreation and conservation; officers with
ecological, land management and tree management expertise all contribute
to the management of a number of open spaces and woodland sites across the
area; they make operational management decisions about these sites on a
daily basis and any removal of unauthorised structures within any of the
sites is a purely operational decision. 

 

The construction of ramps and jumps in these sites is a fairly commonplace
activity in our green spaces and woodlands but these structures raise a
number of concerns for the Council:-

 1. Holloway Spinney is covered by a Tree Preservation Order and any works
to the trees needs permission, this includes tree removal, branch
pruning and root pruning. Digging within the spinney needs permission
and it is an offence to cut through tree roots, creating the ramps and
hollows will undoubtably have a negative impact on the tree roots and
causes harm to the trees.

 2. Similarly, the excavation of soil and erosion caused by riding
bicycles around the base of the trees is detrimental to their health
and will ultimately lead to decline and probable death of the tree
which will subsequently need to be removed.

 3. The cut timber resulting from tree safety works was left within the
woods for its conservation and biodiversity value; the
relocation/repurposing of this timber means that this conservation
value has now been lost.

 4. The locations and build quality of the berms and jumps do not meet any
design standards and as a result the potential for an accident to
occur and its severity may be increased. Should an accident occur
while individuals are using these structures, it is possible that the
Council would be liable for any claims. The works completed to remove
these structures fulfils the Health & Safety and Occupiers Liabilities
and protects the interests of the Council.

 

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