Assurances to be sought over Bay Park trees

Stephen McMonagle with his daughter Izzi pictured in fornt of the poplar trees. DER4814MC010

Stephen McMonagle with his daughter Izzi pictured in fornt of the poplar trees. DER4814MC010

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A Derry man is to seek assurances that Derry City Council followed every guideline before backing a recommendation to chop down 60ft trees at a local nature reserve.

Members of Derry City Council’s Environmental Services Committee last Thursday approved a recommendation to remove the poplar trees from within the Bay Road Park Local Nature Reserve

The committee also agreed to the planting of new native tree to compensate, and provide screening for the Park and local residents.

The decisions come after a campaign by local residents, many of whom wanted the large, established trees to remain in place.

Derry City Council are to host a public information session to inform local residents and the general public of the proposals at Da Vinci’s Hotel on Thursday 12th February from 5pm to 8pm.

Councillor Colly Kelly, Chairperson of the Environmental Services Committee, encouraged those interested in finding out more about the works to attend the meeting.

However Kingsfort Crescent resident Stephen McMonagle said: “I would like to know what processes the council went through for the recommendation. I want to make sure that all the proper work was carried out.

“Although what they are saying may offset some concerns, there is still the issue that this is a massive visual amenity for this area. We want to make sure things were done through the right channels,”