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Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Meeting called over Chapel Lane trees
Sefton Council have called for a meeting with tree experts to discuss independent inspection findings regarding trees in Chapel Lane, Formby. This follows public protests in the village, in response to the council’s deeply unpopular threat to fell the historic trees.
Sefton Council stated that they have agreed with Formby Parish Council and local councillors to defer the tree removal works planned in the village, to give an opportunity for them to commission an independent inspection into the condition of the trees.
The council also say that no work will commence on any tree until “5th March 2018” at the earliest to permit more discussions to take place.
However, the ‘Bird Nesting Season’ is officially from February until August (Natural England) and it is recommended that vegetation works (tree or hedge cutting) or site clearance should be done outside of the nesting season. Nevertheless, the nesting period may in fact start before this and extend beyond it, in some cases.
The busiest time for nesting birds is from 1st March until 31st July and of course varies according to species, etc. Contractors must aim to avoid impact to nesting birds and infringement of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and breaching the European Habitats Directive 1992/Nesting Birds Directive.