Unsafe trees to be removed from Ellesmere Port's Civic Way car park

16 October 2019

Following a recent inspection, a number of cypress trees in the Civic Way car park have been found to be in a poor state of health and need to be removed.

If the trees were allowed to deteriorate any further they could become a danger to the public using the car park.

The Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Councillor Karen Shore, said: "The trees have outgrown the areas in which they were planted and cannot sustain themselves in this limited environment. With this in mind we have regretfully had to make the decision to fell fifteen trees. We must maintain the safety of the public in this busy area.

"We're committed to maintaining our environment and around 100 new trees will be planted in Ellesmere Port in the future."

The work will take place on Sunday 27 October, and a large section of the car park will need to be closed off for the duration of the work. The work is scheduled to be completed in one day.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is currently working with The Mersey Forest to progress plans to plant around 100 large street trees in Ellesmere Port. Details will be confirmed soon.

Given the growing interest and the declaration of climate emergency by Cheshire West, there has been an unprecedented level of demand for tree planting and The Mersey Forest is busy working with landowners and communities to put those into action.

They will start planting from November with schools and communities in Ellesmere Port, Neston, Northwich and Chester.

The Council is working with partners, businesses and communities to tackle climate change in the borough. Get involved right now by sharing your ideas - big and small - on how we can reduce carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. Email: climatechange@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.

All public evidence gathered will be used to support the Climate Emergency Summit, on Friday 22 November, which will bring together partners, experts and the community to discuss findings and set out plans to develop a borough-wide response.

The Council's Environment Commissioning team is also currently developing greenspace and pollinator strategies to contribute to the Council's climate emergency agenda.

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