Formby Labour Councillors say diseased Village trees must be rep

Nina Killen

Formby's Labour Councillors say the Village's trees must be replaced after it was announced they were being removed.
 
Sefton Council is removing the trees along Chapel Street because they are diseased.
 
But Formby's Labour Councillors Nina Killen, Peter Maguire and Catie Page want to ensure that the trees are replaced.
 
Cllr Killen said: "We are obviously very saddened to hear that the trees in the Village are to be removed.
 
"The reason they are being taken away is because they are diseased.
 
"But we immediately contacted the council's trees and landscape department when we heard the news. We told them that we wanted to ensure that the trees were replaced.
 
"If the ground isn't diseased, we are told that the trees could be replaced, but because money is so tight for Sefton Council, funding may not be available."
 
But Formby Parish Council may have found an alternative source of funding.
 
Cllr Maguire said: "At their recent Formby Parish Council meeting, this issue came up. The Parish Councillors were very keen to ensure that the trees are replaced using a budget which they may be able to tap into called the Jubilee Tree Fund.
 
"But if that fails, Cllr Killen, Cllr Page and I will be pushing for the funding to come from Formby Area Committee.
 
"We have a really wonderful shopping centre here in Formby. Not only is it the historic heart of Formby, but it retains the charm of a village and this is something which many town centres have lost.
 
"The trees which line Chapel Street are an important feature of that.
 
"That's why we want to make sure that the trees are replaced as quickly as possible."