West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has criticised Riverside Housing for the unacceptably long delay in safely removing part of a tree that had fallen and was suspended above a road threatening to collapse onto it.
In December, the MP was contacted by concerned residents about the tree posing a serious risk to pedestrians and vehicles, and immediately raised the matter with West Lancashire Borough Council to establish who was responsible for the land the tree is on.
The Council found that Riverside Housing owned the land and contacted them to ensure the fallen part of the tree, that was suspended precariously above the road, was safely removed. The Council have told Rosie that between 05 December 2021 and 10 January 2022, 4 calls were made to Riverside about the urgent danger that the fallen tree posed to pedestrians or motorists. Despite these calls, Riverside only removed the tree on 26 January.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“It is disgraceful that Riverside Housing took almost 2 months to remove this tree. There was a very real danger posed to my constituents, that Riverside were made aware of, yet did nothing for 50 days!
“As the landowner, Riverside had a responsibility to remove this tree safely and quickly. Waiting this long to do so, despite the repeated requests from residents, the council and the MP, is unacceptable.
“Riverside need to deal with problems with much more urgency. This isn’t an isolated incident either! On other issues I have been waiting since September for answers! It is simply not good enough for Riverside to wait months to react to serious concerns.”