Or rather a petition will be presented to local MP Anne McIntosh on behalf of residents ‘urging’ (or should that be demanding tout suite) Hambleton District Council replace the five trees recently cut down in their prime.
With the Tour de France arriving soon and the eyes of the world on Yorkshire it is nothing short of disgraceful that Thirsk Market Place should look as it now does-desolate and bare, bereft of a leafy and shady seating area. People, locals and visitors alike, don’t like it and the town traders certainly don’t either. In the meantime local Thirsk in Bloom will be given some money and tasked with doing what they can to provide some interim summer beautification.
And what of our councillors?
Leader of Hambleton Council, Councillor Mark ‘Lumberjack’ Robson, who initially defended the action on health and safety grounds (trip hazard and bird pooh) is now speedily back tracking. Now there’s a hoohah brewing and popularity is at stake he now categorically denies authorising their removal. It’s a case of nowt to do with me mate and anyway I was on me holidays ( or so I have heard) but he did advise the Town Council beforehand that remedial action was being taken.
A steering group has now been set up by Counillor Dadd (please note he is eager to have you know he played no part in the decision to remove the trees) to enable the local community to help shape how the market place will look in the future. Shame it wasn’t done beforehand.
It doesn’t take a tree expert to recognise that by simply cutting down the trees and not removing the stumps and roots further problems will now be encountered, probably the trip hazard they were cut down to avoid.
So why was everything done in such a hurry with no prior consultation or expert advice being sought and was it really necessary to chain saw them in full leaf at 7.30am in the morning or not leave them till the autumn, or replace them one by one?
Why was the Town Council not told till so late in the day? Although I did hear (whether it’s true or not?) that a letter was sent to them two weeks before ‘felling day’. Was it really not possible for someone to asking what was going on and stop the trees being removed?
And finally; why do we have to suffer these people in charge who think they know best!!