Maghull Labour Councillors Patrick McKinley and Lynn Gatherer ge

Patrick McKinley and Lynn Gatherer

Maghull Labour Action Team has gotten to the root of a longstanding problem after Network Rail agreed to cut back 40-foot trees which residents have feared will fall on their properties.

Sudell Ward Labour Councillors Patrick McKinley and Lynn Gatherer have been urging Network Rail to cut back the trees which run along the train track on Hesketh Drive after being contacted by residents on the quiet road.

They feared that the trees had grown so big that they were at risk of falling on the properties on the road.

One resident even told the Maghull Labour Action Team that branches from the towering trees had fallen and damage vehicles below.

After meeting with Cllrs McKinley and Gatherer, Network Rail listened to the concerns and have now agreed to reduce the height of the trees.

Cllr McKinley said he was delighted the Hesketh Drive residents' concerns had been listened to.

Cllr McKinley said: "The residents raised this issue with Maghull Labour Action Team because they were becoming increasingly concerned that the 40-foot trees could fall on the nearby properties causing thousands of pounds worth of damage or even injury.

"They reported creaking noises coming from the trees as they swayed in the wind with branches falling and damaging cars in the road. So they were worried that the trees had become unsafe.

"We took the concerns to Network Rail, as the trees run along the track, and they agreed to take action after making a site visit. Which is good news."

Cllr Gatherer said the Maghull Labour Action Team is now pushing for the trees to be visited regularly.

Cllr Gatherer said: "We are obviously please that action is going to be taken to deal with the trees on Hesketh Drive.

"But residents in Hesketh Drive inform us that the trees have not been cut back for more than 40 years, which has led to this situation.

"We now want to ensure that the trees are regularly cut back so we don't see a return to this problem."

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