Residents’ fury over axed trees

Angry residents at the site iin Forest Drive, Mossend
Angry residents at the site iin Forest Drive, Mossend

MOSSEND residents are at war after an area of trees was chopped down to make way for an environmental project.

Woodlands Estate Residents Association was given a grant of £30,000 to help it build a community garden, but the work so far was this week branded ‘environmental vandalism’.

One angry resident has spent hundreds of pounds in a failed legal bid to halt the removal of trees and now an action group has been set up as opponents of the work ponder their next move.

The police and Forestry Commission are investigating the wholescale clearance, but the residents association insisted it has done nothing wrong.

The grant was awarded by the Environmental Key Fund, which is administered by North Lanarkshire Council, after plans were drawn up for the ground which lies between the Joker Bar and houses in Forest Drive.

However, opponents claim more than 50 trees have been chopped down by contractors.

Margaret McGuigan, of nearby Milnwood Drive, said: “It’s desecration - environmental vandalism.

“I’m not against a community garden, but they didn’t have to take down so many trees to do it.”

The residents association claimed the work had gone ahead ‘with all legal channels and regulation processes followed’.

A statement from the group added: “We cannot comprehend why a few people would object to this project which will enhance an area, our estate and community.

“This area has previously been used for fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.”

Full story in this week’s Bellshill Speaker, out on Wednesday.