When local ward councillors addressed residents’ concerns by paving the way for the creation of new parking bays in Darwin Close, Nythe, it appeared a local problem had been solved much to the delight of all those involved.
However, in order to create the five new spaces, a Hornbeam tree had to be removed, leaving seven-year-old Ben Osmond in tears.
After hearing how much Ben loved the tree outside his home, Swindon Borough Council’s East Locality team in conjunction with colleagues in highways and parks, and with the support of ward councillors, agreed to plant a new tree in its place.
The Council contacted Ben’s mum Liz Mawer and the Nylands pupil chose to replace the former tree with a Field maple. Ben, who turns eight later this month, Swindon Mayor Cllr Andrew Bennett plant the new tree on Monday 14 December.
Liz said: “Ben saw the plans and when he saw that the tree was going to be removed he burst into tears and was really quite upset.
“He was not happy with anyone at the Council, but I said he could phone them and explain what the tree means to him, which is what we did.
“The tree was outside Ben’s room so he had grown quite attached to it and was always playing around it. It has been great that the Council have been so understanding. They’ve listened to our concerns from the very start and they’ve made a little boy very happy. Ben is quite proud of himself now.”
Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Transport and local ward councillor for the area, said: “Local residents have been asking for more parking spaces in Darwin Close for a while, and I am glad we found a practical solution
“It’s taken nearly a year to reach this point, and it is great that the Council has listened to Ben’s concerns and gone the extra mile to keep him happy. Well done Ben, never be afraid to speak up for what you believe.
“The new tree is a nice way to round off the works in Darwin Close and will provide a lasting landmark for Ben and his neighbours to enjoy in the years to come.”
Similar schemes to create additional parking spaces in Egerton Close and Keble Close will start in the new year.