Council defends decision to axe trees in Formby

Council defends decision to axe trees in Formby

by Tom Martin (March 2021)

Sefton Council has defended its decision to remove trees from Crown Close in Formby. 

There had been some criticism aimed at the local authority on social media by locals who were angry at the decision to axe a number of trees on the road.

Sefton Council has now claimed that the work was only carried out as a last resort and in the interests of public safety.

A Council spokesperson said: “Sefton is a clean, green and beautiful place to live and the Council is dedicated to maintaining its green spaces which includes looking after 90,000 trees in the Borough’s parks and lining its roads and highway.

“We can assure residents that while the decision to remove a tree is never taken lightly, the safety of residents and users of the highway is paramount. Where a tree is posing a threat to the highway or properties, we need to take action.

“The trees on Crown Close were recently inspected following a large tree failing in the November storms. Over the past few years we have had a number of emergency call outs to this area over concerns about the trees’ ability to withstand heavy winds. After careful consideration from our expert tree and woodland officers, the decision was made to remove the larger trees leaving the smaller trees space to mature and thrive.

“The Council have received requests to replace the trees in the future and these comments will be taken into consideration.

“If residents would like to know more about the continued work of Green Sefton, they can email greensefton@sefton.gov.uk.”

 

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