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Thursday, 12 November 2015 (3072643)
So horrible to hear all those beautiful trees being cut down
by Tom Martin

I am writing to say that I agree completely with every word of the letter from C. Smith, ‘So sad to see trees felled - it's like Litherland is being closed down' in last week's paper.

It is absolutely horrible to see, and hear, all the beautiful trees in the neighbourhood being destroyed. The streets that have already been “done” now look dull and ordinary, instead of the tree-lined avenues that they once were. As C. Smith states, there was a consultation about the trees, but it was by no means clear cut; as they say, in Oxford Avenue, 10 were for and 10 were against the trees; not exactly a majority, but they still got chopped down! Statistics can be interpreted in different ways - usually to suit whoever is asking the question - and I cannot help but feel that Sefton Council had already decided that the trees were going to come down. If the residents had all voted to save the trees, would Sefton really have gone along with their wishes? Again, as C. Smith states, a lot of trees are being felled, but only a handful are being planted; most of these will be in different places to those that have been felled so this is no consolation to those residents who are losing trees. One of the trees in Cambridge Avenue was in The Champion and the Liverpool Echo as it has reached the final 10 of the Woodland Trust's Tree of the Year Competition. This is a prestigious national competition and people from all over the country have voted for this tree. You would think that this would make Sefton Council proud, but apparently not; even though they are aware of this they have said that the tree will be felled anyway after the competition has closed!! Even on a more material note, house prices must surely be affected as people pay a premium to live in a tree-lined avenue, therefore, our council tax should be reduced accordingly; I suspect that this will not happen somehow. Finally, to add insult to injury, when I was watching the Remembrance Service from the Cenotaph today, the sound of tree felling could be heard carrying on during the two minutes silence; upsetting and disrespectful.

J. Clark


16 Cambridge Avenue



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