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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Battle to save George Drive woods from Council/OVH eco-destruction continues

Ainsdale’s lovely little woodland in George Drive is still under serious ecologically-destructive threat, from Liverpool - based One Vision Housing (OVH) and Sefton's Council. 

Bluebell rich pathways due to flower soon.

A shy Long tailed tit in George Drive woods today.

Sefton Council have written again to residents and campaigners with a letter dated 10 March 2017, stating that the number of dwellings on the OVH scheme has been reduced.

A '5 metre protection area' is also to be included to help legally - protected water voles in the local watercourse, Sandy Brook. Water voles have full legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which means that it is illegal to kill, injure or take one from the wild, or intentionally or recklessly damage or disturb the places they use for shelter. Young male water voles leave the nest when they are about four months old to find new habitats. 

Several species of legally-protected bats are also to be found in the area. One of these species is sensitive to light and excessive street illumination may be detrimental to it.

A bat survey was allegedly done previously, yet some campaigners are asking how extensive it was.

Several bat boxes were crafted and erected some five years ago, which are believed to be used by species present. This is NOT mentioned on the survey. On surveys, pipistrelle and Daubenton's are recorded as using the woods with other species being seen in the area.

Bats require different roosting conditions at different times of the year. They will often move around to find a roost that meets their needs. Some bats prefer hollow trees, while others like caves or old buildings and some use divergent ones at various times of the year.

Bats and the Law

In Britain all bat species and their roosts are legally protected, by both domestic and international legislation.

This means you will be committing a criminal offence if you:

Deliberately capture, injure or kill a bat;
Intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat in its roost or deliberately disturb a group of bats;
Damage or destroy a bat roosting place (even if bats are not occupying the roost at the time);
Possess or advertise/sell/exchange a bat (dead or alive) or any part of a bat;
Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to a bat roost;

The Ainsdale woods here are also prime nesting grounds for many bird species.

Brambles around the woods are also valuable wild nesting habitat.

For generations local Ainsdale children have happily played in the woods, learning about wildlife and nature. 

OVH and the Council's appalling plans for eco-vandalism, via large scale developments, will decimate a tradition and affect a way of life in a highly negative sense for the entire community. 

So how is the Bootle – based firm OVH doing; does it impress the community or…?

OVH in fact currently gets just 2.7 out of 5 stars on their own Facebook review page.

Sefton also request that any comments about this application should be sent in to them by 24 March 2017 for consideration. They give this email address for contact, should anyone wish to comment on the ecologically destructive proposals:

Alternatively you can write to them at the following address:

Planning Services,
Sefton Council,
Magdalen House,
30 Trinity Road,
Bootle, L20 3NJ.

Council responsibility to the natural ecosystem

Various species of wildlife are having their numbers dangerously depleted thanks largely to thoughtlessly erected building developments all across the UK

Unbelievably Sefton Council are partners to an essential 'eco-action' plan - North Merseyside Biodiversity Action Plan

 So what does the plan mean?

Groups such as: British Trust for Ornithology, English Nature (Natural England), Environment Agency, Environmental Advisory Service, Forestry Commission, Groundwork Trusts, Mersey Forest, etc are also partners in this well-meant ecological initiative

UK Action plans are set in force to:

“Conserve, protect and enhance biological diversity”

Is Sefton Council therefore guilty of ignoring this clear eco-directive in Ainsdale? 

Sooner or later available land will definitely run out and species under threat will undoubtedly become nothing but ancient memories in dusty natural history books.

We are doing what we can to save this little bit of old, rural, Southport countryside from OVH's Bootle bulldozers but your help is always welcome.

Get writing today - it's well worth saving our precious UK green spaces for wildlife and for the community.

Petition - ongoing... 

Gofundme page set up... every penny counts, to challenge the woodland-wreckers... 

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