Walton Residents are Outraged after Dozens of Trees were Cut Down
Authorities in Walton have discovered a rash of rogue tree-felling in recent days, resulting in a public outcry and a police investigation. Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) and Surrey Police released a joint statement yesterday (Wednesday, April 8) stating that they had received reports of “at least 20” incidents of trees being felled with chainsaws in the Cowey Sale area of Walton.
The reports were received on March 28, and EBC published photographs purporting to show two incidents of tree-felling on its website. Trees that had been cut down near their stumps and left lying across footpaths were visible in both instances.
EBC and Surrey Police issued a joint statement thanking residents for alerting them to the problem and stating that “patrols” were being conducted to keep an eye on the situation. Meanwhile, Elmbridge Borough Commander Inspector Bert Dean described the tree-felling as “mindless” and said it had caused considerable disruption to residents in the area.
“I do not underestimate the effect this careless destruction has had on the local community, nor the danger it has posed to motorists by obstructing roads,” he said. “We will continue to work closely with Elmbridge Borough Council to address this problem and will look at any opportunity to determine who is responsible.”
“If you have any details that may be of assistance and have not already contacted us, please do so,” Dean added. In most cases, cutting down trees without permission or a special license is illegal in the United Kingdom.
“It’s an offense to fell trees without a license if an exemption does not apply,” according to official government advice on the subject. “Everyone involved in the felling of trees (the owner, agent, timber merchant or contractor) must ensure that a license has been issued before any felling is carried out unless they are certain that one of the exemptions applies.”
The elephant owned by Tommy Ward
The question of the listener “Anyone heavily laden with bags was referred to as “done up like Tommy Ward’s elephant” when I was a child in Rotterdam, supposedly because, during WWII, Thomas Ward used an elephant from the circus to carry steel. Is this information accurate?”
a quick review Thomas Ward was born in 1853, began working at the age of 15, worked as a coal merchant, and then as a scrap metal dealer in Sheffield when the opportunity arose. There was a high demand for scrap metal in the early 1870s. There were many large engineering ventures, and Thomas Ward gained a reputation for removing large structures, such as ships. He founded breaker yards in ports across the country and grew to become the country’s largest scrap dealer, dismantling old warships and decommissioned luxury liners. The Majestic, the Titanic’s sister ship, was broken up at his Morecambe yard, as was the Olympic, which was eventually towed to Inverkeithing.
In 1894, Sheffield’s Thomas Ward Ltd opened a ship dismantling department, and it quickly became the largest scrap metal supplier to the growing steel industry. Anything on board a ship was dismantled and resold, with productivity as the central theme. At the Sheffield showroom, ship fittings and equipment were sold. Books, lamps, toilets, and carpets were all removed from the premises. Even the timber was said to have been used to make garden furniture timber merchants surrey. Thomas Ward was actively involved in wartime operations during the First World War. Due to a lack of horses sent to the Front, Ward rented an elephant (along with a man to look after it) from a circus in 1916.
For the duration of the war, circuses had been shut down. The company kept the elephant for a few years, keeping her in a stable near the factory and using her to transport large loads of steel across Sheffield. Lizzie was the elephant’s name, and the documents are full of stories about her, including her eating a schoolboy’s hat, placing her trunk through a kitchen window to support herself, and pushing a traction engine over. Until the early 1980s, the company was in operation.
Despite Covid-19 restrictions, a wave of momentum that enabled builders’ merchants Travis Perkins to thrive in the second half of last year has continued into 2021. In the first three months of the year, the company’s like-for-like revenues increased by 17.4 percent, boosted by 42 percent growth at Toolstation.
As compared to the same time the previous year, the company’s total revenue increased by 6.8%. Following the government’s decision to pause stamp duty on certain transactions, companies in the space have benefited from increased house buying in recent months.
“The group has had a positive start to the year, with solid like-for-like revenue growth across our companies, backed by strong demand in the RMI (repair, maintenance, and improvements) market,” said chief executive Nick Roberts.
“The continued recovery in our other main end markets, as well as the robustness of the RMI industry, gives us hope.
However, while we continue to make progress on the execution of our longer-term strategic plans at this early stage of the year, our priorities remain unchanged.”
Wickes, a DIY retailer that will no longer be part of Travis Perkins by the end of the month, is not included in the results. During the time, Wickes’ total sales increased by 18.9%.
On April 28, the two companies will be demerged, and separate Wickes shares will be listed on the London Stock Exchange.
“I am also pleased to say that the Wickes demerger process is on track to be completed by the end of April, leaving the company as a streamlined and trade-focused group,” Mr. Roberts said.
Businesses are currently reaping the benefits of the standard year-over-year comparison. Normally, a company’s results are compared to the same months the previous year.
The initial economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic were felt in those months, which occurred between January and March of last year. However, when comparing Travis’s performance to the previous year, revenue like-for-like revenues are up nearly 12%.
Travis, on the other hand, predicted steep price rises in timber, copper, steel, and other raw materials. Cost price inflation “remains manageable” for the time being, according to the study.
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