Local residents ask Aldi to keep ancient hedge and build a separate path
Local people have signed a petition calling for Aldi and Derby City Council to save a hedge on Rykneld Road. The planning approval for the new store is likely to be given any day, and it includes the removal of the ancient hedge to allow the pavement to be widened. Petitioners are arguing that it would be better for a new path to be built behind the hedge.
A path behind the hedge would be safer and quieter for people walking, be less disruptive to traffic while being built and save the ancient hedge for wildlife.
Local campaigner, Liberal Democrat Emily Lonsdale said "We recently heard that this century old, beautiful hedge at Rykneld Road is to be removed. Not only is this devastating to the local community and wildlife, it is also completely unnecessary.
"The hedge could easily be incorporated into the plans for the Supermarket. In this time of climate crisis and loss of biodiversity, when the local council has rightly called a climate emergency we, Littleover Liberal Democrats, are appalled that our Tory-led council are allowing this sort of thing to take place."
Littleover councillor Lucy Care, said "In 2018 the Council consulted on planning policy for green infrastructure as part of its Local Plan Part 2. It was due to be approved in 2019 and could have helped save hedges like this.
"Despite the Council agreeing a climate emergency unanimously that same year - in 2019 - we still have no stronger planning policy to safeguard green areas, improve energy efficiency or promote more sustainable travel. Instead the Conservative-led council has this month announced it has abandoned completing Part 2 of the Local Plan."
Local resident, John Cundy, who lives opposite the hedge said "Removing the hedge will reveal an very steep drop - about six feet - from the current pavement inner edge. The proposal for the pavement widening should be a non-starter.
"The developers are wilfully neglecting the area in other ways too. We are now past the first anniversary of the large limb breaking off the beautiful, protected oak tree in the field. Why isn't the Council's tree officer taking action?"