Väike Õismäe (Little Blossom Hill) park-residences-area gained high recognition in 1986 for modern sustainable city planning. 1.5 km2 (370 acres) Väike Õismäe organic city-cell was planned with aesthetic houses 5-, 9-, 16-storeys high in golden proportion and >68% lushious green green area for residence to spend quality time. Ancient old trees growing in the area of construction were preserved. 16 storeys towers around the central artificial lake ending in a “golden spiral” in the North rim of the area, artificial lake in the middle, located near the Baltic sea (Finnish gulf) and on the Harku lake. Väike Õismäe planning is registered cultural (architecture) heritage of Estonian from 20th century. It was build in the conditions of Soviet Union wo obstacles of private property and in conditions of unlimited resources. The
Tallinn City – The City of Trees – The City of Culture – at the eve of Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU (#EU2017EE)-, decided to expand the Paldiski highway located beside Väike Õismäe park-housing, on account of the land of the housing area, where grew forest and trees protecting housing from noise and pollution of the highway behind the forest. But the Tallinn City planned to bringing busiest intersection and road in City some 25-30m closer to to housing in parallel destroying the protective green zone between houses and Paldiski highway.
Open field logging caused the houses to be completely naked to pollution of the neighbouring street. Noise levels have risen from 60 dB to 80<100 dB, i.e. 33-66% above normative, rendering the valuable housing unusable for living, causing >100 million € real estate value drop.
People living in the area were not involved in the decision making and refuse the highway to be built.
People do not accept cutting of ~1000 trees protecting them against noise and air pollution, that also served as a green corridor connecting Tallinn Zoo park (protected species - "northern bat" constant living area) and Harku lake green zones. Plans to build grand light traffic tunnels will probably drain Zoo green area surface water resulting in death of the forest in the area.
To stop this insane plan of destroying the essential features of park-housing-area - trees, park - People set up camp under a grand old White Willow (Salix Alba Triste; Traue-Weide) with 4.3m trunk circumference.
Contactor NORDECON asked the Police to remove People from under majestic Willow tree that is over 140 years old - older then the Estonian State that shall celebrate its 100th birthday of self-determination.
People took the majestic natural monument – the Silver Willow tree - symbolizing sustainable planning and cultural values under their protection and camp since May 2017 peacefully under the Tree to force the City to not extend closer to the road on the park-housing area, to restore the forest, not implement the plan causing extensive environmental changes.
Contractor - NORDECON - has tried to use Police as a tool to remove the People. The Estonian Police refused to use force against peaceful people, who refuse to leave and claim for civil dispute.
As the situation was on standstil – the people were lawyering up and waiting for Tallinn City to step into dialogue.
Just 5 days after the Estonian parliament made a suggestion to the City of Tallinn to start dialogue between the people and the City - the City asked for help from Police to remove the peaceful protestors by force. On the 27.06.2017 some 30-50 police officers and private security company (K-Security) officers used force against the people camping and protesting. Seven people were arrested and taken into custody for peacefully protesting for preservation of the natural and cultural heritage (Väike Õismäe park-residencesdistrict) and the great Willow as a symbol of the sustainable housing area.