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Local Author Battles Council's Decision To Destroy Beautiful Woodland

Sefton Council in favour of Ainsdale Woodland destruction

By: Steve McQueen  |@NeonNettle
 on 3rd April 2017 @ 5.22pm
pat regan has been battling his local sefton council over the over the needless destruction of his local woodland in ainsdale © press
Pat Regan has been battling his local Sefton Council over the over the needless destruction of his local Woodland in Ainsdale

Author and local environmental activist, Pat Regan, has been battling his local Sefton Council over the "needless" destruction of his local Woodland in Ainsdale, Merseyside.

According to Pat's blog, the local council has recently ruled in favour of the destruction of local Woodlands in Ainsdale in order squeeze in a few seemingly "crammed" properties that, they themselves admit, will only a provide a 'modest contribution' to the housing needs of the local area.

The woods are home to a vast array of wildlife including hedgehogs, foxes, water voles, and bats. But despite Sefton Council Sefton half-hearted attempts to promote "eco-awareness",  they are moving in to destroy a much-needed environment for the woodlands wildlife.

It doesn't stop there, though, Sefton council are even ignoring the advice of their own Tree Department who were against George Drive/ Elizabeth Drive 10 dwellings and eight self-contained apartments.

In the planning officers report, it even said:

“the arguments are very finely balanced and the loss of trees would be significant”

Cllr Lynne Thompson called in the Planning application backed by a petition (initiated by Pat Regan) of 423.

Cllr Preece stated at Planning tonight the report reads “as if officers feel they can just about build and therefore we can. A great deal of doubt existed in this report.”

sefton council are now ignoring the advice of their own tree department who were against george drive  elizabeth drive 10 dwellings © press
Sefton council are now ignoring the advice of their own Tree Department who were against George Drive/ Elizabeth Drive 10 dwellings

Cllr Preece “moved to refuse” this application due to environmental issues including the loss of trees, flooding concerns, conservation for water voles and wildlife in general.

Cllr Thompson concluded: 

 ”Tonight’s decision sets in Sefton in my view a very worrying precedent for any green policy, safeguarding our environment nurturing wildlife.”

Pat Regan added:

"This is an ill-considered atrocity, negatively affecting the Ainsdale Community and a Crime against Nature. The Bootle Mafia has gone too far this time and let Southport down big time.

This application and the subsequent decision is deeply flawed due to environmental issues. These factors include loss of woods, flooding concerns, additional congestion in a small lane, safely issues, conservation of water voles, bats, birds, mammals, etc and possible rights of way infringements. A U-turn is urgently required before any more damage is done!"

Sefton Council's confusing message to young people

Back in 2013, Jason Regan, along with his sister, gained the prestigious Eco- Champion Award off Sefton Council. The pair had spent 9 tough months as volunteers working in another woodland behind Sandbrook Road.

Like a lot Ainsdale youngsters, Jason is now unable to understand why Sefton Council can pretend to promote eco-awareness, whilst also dismissing a wildlife haven like George Drive woodlands so readily.

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