Of all the shite that has come out of this government this week, specifically the MP's pay and the privatisation of the Royal Mail, Eric Pickles giving the go-ahead to destroy Oaken Wood, 31 hectares of ancient woodland in Maidstone for the sake of stone to build roads with, takes some beating.
The Woodland Trust have stated: "This is a landmark decision, but for all the wrong reasons. This
so-called 'greenest Government ever' stated that the new National
Planning Policy Framework1 would give sufficient protection to irreplaceable habitats such as ancient woodland. It clearly does not.
The Save Oaken Wood campaign fought a good battle to save the woodland and I only hope that there is scope for a judicial review to overturn this pathetic and short sighted decision.