Market Square trees face the chop

Councillors Chris Coates (right) and Dave Brookes (left), in Lancaster's Market Square where some of the trees are going to be cut down as part of the re-development of Market Square.
Councillors Chris Coates (right) and Dave Brookes (left), in Lancaster's Market Square where some of the trees are going to be cut down as part of the re-development of Market Square.
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GREEN councillors are dismayed that two trees could be chopped down in Lancaster’s Market Square as part of plans to improve the area.

A report which will go before the city council’s cabinet group on Tuesday recommends that two trees, one outside the entrance to Marketgate Shopping Centre, and the other outside the 1725 restaurant, should be removed despite a decision in December 2009 not to cut down any of the eight trees in the square.

Coun Chris Coates said: “It seems that council officers didn’t like the original decision and have decided to keep coming back to cabinet until they get a decision that they do like.

“I am delighted that the square is being improved – however, it is relatively easy to do this whilst still retaining the trees. These trees have been there for 30 years and to remove them now would be extremely short-sighted.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (01-09-11) for full story.