After a long battle Dorset Council have started destroying part of ancient Two Mile Coppice in Weymouth to build their so-called “Relief Road”. This white elephant of a road which would do nothing to solve congestion in the area is a sign of a complete lack of environmental awareness of decision makers in the area.
Two Mile Coppice is the last remaining fragment of ancient woodland in Weymouth and Portland and was bought by the Trust with the support of local people. Part of the woodland will now be destroyed, but it will still remain as a beautiful, valuable local resource and we hope people will continue to use the site as they always have.
There is a constant claim coming from the council and the local MP that this road has something to do with Weymouth hosting the Olympics sailing event when in fact the Olympic organisers are quite clear that travel to Games events should be by public transport. They are also suggesting that the wood destroyed can be translocated somewhere else which again is environmentally illiterate.
You can watch an ITV piece on the case here
We have tried very hard to fight this needless destruction, but when blinkered short-termism is adopted as the approach of those in authority it is sometimes hard to get through to them and in the end it looks like part of the wood is going to be destroyed – you can read more about the case here:
The earlier we hear about cases and the more active local communities are in fighting the threats the better – you can get involved to stop this sort of destruction in the future – go to www.woodwatch.org.uk to find out what you can do.