Home U.K Welsh Council slammed as town Christmas tree still up…and they're blaming the...

Welsh Council slammed as town Christmas tree still up…and they're blaming the pandemic

0


Cardigan Town Council insists that Covid-19 restrictions have meant that it has been unable to remove the tree, which has stood alongside its Guildhall since last year. It had been hoped that with lockdown restrictions being gradually relaxed the tree could finally be removed.

But it has since been claimed that woodpigeons are now using it to make nests for their fledgelings – making moving it more difficult.

It is illegal to destroy or move wild birds’ nests under the 1981 Wildlife & Countryside Act although there are exemptions.

But many people living in the Welsh town wondered why the problem had taken so long to fix.

One wrote on Facebook: “Delay the removal of the Christmas tree……. It’s April for Christ sake.

DON’T MISS: Brits may NOT be able to travel to Spain or France under new system

Responding to a critical comment, one person wrote: “It hasn’t been taken down because of Covid restrictions. Calling the local council lazy is the wrong thing to say.

“They along with other people worked hard to put smiles on the town’s community over the years and they should be appreciated not slated.”

The issue was initially reported by the Tivyside Advertiser which covers Ceredigion town and its surrounding area.

It reported that town councillor Yvonne O’Neill said: “Some people have said it’s good to have some greenery in town.

“And there are now woodpigeons in that tree – I myself have heard them.”

She added “(But) the tree isn’t green anymore. It’s turned brown and its needles are falling off.”

“As far as woodpigeons are concerned, we will check things out before bringing the tree down.”

Councillor Richard Jones will supervise the tree’s removal, the town’s mayor Clive Davies said.

He added: “I’ve asked it (the tree) to be checked before they take it down.

“If there is a nest then the focus can switch to removing the Christmas lights for the time being.

“Going forward, Yvonne will then be able to keep an eye on the nest for the town council and work with the clerk in getting approved contractors to move the birds if necessary according to the Wildlife Act.

“Yvonne has kindly agreed to look after the birds if there is indeed a nest.”



LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here