Fears more trees could be lost from Buckingham ring road

Widening work on the A421 Buckingham ring road.'140115M-D233
Widening work on the A421 Buckingham ring road.'140115M-D233

Residents of Buckingham’s Badgers estate raised the alarm over the possible loss of more trees after highways contractors started work high on the embankment of the A421 Buckingham bypass on Wednesday.

John Bird, whose Hare Close garden backs on to the bypass, contacted the Advertiser after finding a 30ft-high silver birch tree had been demolished.

He said: “A mature silver birch has gone that I put in when I moved in 27 years ago.

“A tree that was there on Monday wasn’t there on Tuesday. Where the silver birch was there is a stump about a foot tall.”

The work appears to be part of road widening works in relation to the new 700-home Windsor Park development.

There was public outrage in April after trees that used to screen homes on Hare Close from noise and lights from traffic on the bypass were removed.

But a Transport for Bucks spokesman said: “No instruction for further tree removal to take place along Badgers estate has been issued by the highway authority.

“Contractors are on site to level off the bank ready for utilities companies to commence work later this month. We will investigate this matter further with the developer’s contractors.”

County councillor Robin Stuchbury said he was assured no further trees would be removed without residents being informed first.

Mr Stuchbury said: “I was informed just before Christmas that additional widening work had to be done, but I’d seen no drawings.

“I’ve still not seen the drawings so I’m unable to know the full extent of the impact.

“I asked for a letter to go out to residents who were impacted by this, explaining what was happening and explaining additional work would be done on screening and sound.

Mr Stuchbury said: “I find myself very vexed and disappointed to say the least. I shall be seeking to establish the precise extent of the works and what mitigation measures will be put in place.”