Issue details

The tree at Durning Library

This proposed decision follows a High Court Order preventing removal of a ‘tree of heaven’ located at the rear of the Durning Library until the council had fully considered the impact of the trees removal on the Kennington Conservation Area. As a consequence of public consultation the council has also been requested to consider the benefits of the tree in respect to health, air quality, biodiversity, and to overall quality of life before determining any decision that may result in the tree being removed.

Following consideration of all of the evidence, research and community feedback this proposed decision recommends that the council undertake the controlled removal of the tree of heaven located at the rear of the Durning Library. The decision report was published on 19 June 2015 and written representations on this matter were invited to be submitted to Councillor Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods by the 12 July 2015. 

This updated decision report follows a period of review and reflection following receipt of written representations from a number of groups/individuals.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: 3. Community Impact;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/06/2015

Decision due: 27 Jul 2015 by Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness
Reason: Please select date of when decision would be taken.

Lead director: Strategic Director: Integrated Health and Adults Care

Department: Adults and Health

Contact: Marion Cable, Commissioning Officer Email: Tel: 0207 926 9288.

Consultation process

Representations on this matter can be addressed to Councillor Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, and sent via email to: Representations must be received by the 12 July 2015.