Concern as Market Drayton wildlife habitat cleared for development

Trees and shrubbery which acted as a habitat for wildlife have been cleared to make way for a ‘sustainable’ development.

Councillor Roy Aldcroft, front, and resident Roy Claydon, survey the clearance off Berrisford Road
Councillor Roy Aldcroft, front, and resident Roy Claydon, survey the clearance off Berrisford Road

The vegetation at the end of Berrisford Road in Market Drayton has been cleared.

Mayor and county councillor Roy Aldcroft said: “Some weeks ago land at the bottom of Berrisford Road adjoining the canal and school fields changed hands. During the ensuing period the land was part cleared of foliage and trees, up to and including the Tern River bank.

“This has been a wildlife refuge for over 50 years and is a known habitat of badgers, otters and kingfishers. The public have used the paths for at least 30 years as a walk. This has caused a lot of concern to residents.”

A resident who often walks along Berrisford Road but did not wish to be identified said: “The site in question is adjacent to the old Berrisford Road bridge and has been the natural habitat of many species of wildlife including otters, toads, mallards, herons and jays.”

The landowner, who did not want to be identified, said: “A small, sustainable development is currently being prepared for planning. Residents will be invited to submit feedback on the development throughout the process.”

Martin Sutton, Shropshire Council’s county arboriculturalist in the natural environment team, said: “I can confirm this has been brought to the attention of Shropshire Council’s trees team. The trees in case were not protected and therefore no permission was required from Shropshire Council before work was carried out to them.

"The Forestry Commission is also aware of the tree clearance, and is investigating with regards to any possible breach of felling license requirements.”

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