Photo: Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson
Recent work by Sefton Council’s tree department had removed a number of prominent trees along Southport’s premier shopping street leaving stumps like rotting teeth.
Southport Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson was told at the last Council meeting that these tree stumps were being treated exactly like every other tree in the borough and would be removed whenever the time came available to do the job. This led to them being left for months in a sawn-off state.
“This was disgraceful,” says Cllr Dawson. ” Lord Street is a conservation area and so the preservation of the environment here should be a priority. That is why I am seeking a replacement of these trees as soon as possible.”
“If a private resident living in a Conservation Area had trees in their garden that they chopped down and left like this, the Council would come down on them like a ton of bricks. It is unfortunate that a Cabinet consisting largely of Bootle councillors does not seem realise the importance of the Lord Street environment to the heritage and economy of Southport.”
A proposal to fund the replacement of the stumps with over a dozen London Plane trees will be put to Southport Councillors at the Southport Area Committee which meets in a fortnight’s time. Councillor Dawson, who represents the town centre of Southport on the Council, is hoping that his Southport colleagues will be uniting to fund this proposal.
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