Protest to save Worthing tree

Heene Road Oak picture by Julia Horbaschk SUS-150912-120436001
Heene Road Oak picture by Julia Horbaschk SUS-150912-120436001

Worthing residents will be gathering at the MGM building in Heene Road this Saturday (December 12), 10am, to peacefully protest a new development that proposes to cut down a large oak tree on the site.

Heene Road resident Mark Pawlak is new to the area, but said it would be a disappointment if councillors allow the mature oak tree to be removed.

He said: “The whole site is going to be redeveloped. It’s not a case of us trying to fight the development. It just seems a shame that natural landmarks could be destroyed.”

Mark lives close to the site and walks past the tree almost everyday with his wife Julia Horbaschk.

Both have been campaigning to save the oak tree and were surprised by the level of support they have received.

He said: “We have had lots of support already and we’d love people to come along on Saturday.”

The plan by McCarthy & Stone proposes to demolish the main MGM office building together with offices in Heene Place and include a new block on Heene Road frontage to provide 33 retirement flats.

Adur and Worthing council’s planning committee will be considering the plan for approval on Wednesday, December 16.

Julia runs a Facebook page WorthingWave that has been spreading awareness about the oak tree. To find out more details about the protest, click here

To leave a comment on the proposal for the council to review, click here and enter reference AWDM/0124/15.

You can also sign the petition set up by Mark and Julia by clicking here and searching Heene Road Tree.

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