For some reason I have not been receiving emails telling me when someone posts on this thread. Sorry about that.
Regarding the Tree Amigos issue I have just sent out the message below to residents who contacted me.
I am writing to you because you contacted me regarding the 'Tree Amigos' event on Goose Green Park. I only became aware of it when local residents contacted me. There was consultation about it back in July, where no issues were raised, but it is fair to say that it was not as well promoted as it should have been.
The Tree Amigos event is in many ways the kind that the council should support:
- the trees are sustainably grown
- they offer craft workshops for children
- it will accommodate Goose Green primary school’s Christmas Carol event on the 12th December
- it helps to raise revenue for the council's important services, after almost a decade of brutal cuts
However, I do not believe that it is well-suited for Goose Green Park. Above all, residents and traders have raised concerns that there are already local businesses who sell Christmas trees in the area and they risk losing business from this event appearing well after their business plans were set.
As a result, we have agreed with the council that Tree Amigos will not be invited back
to Goose Green Park in future years.
In the meantime, I want to reassure everyone of the following:
- The council will reimburse the licensing fees for the local tree sellers who may lose out from this decision
- If there is any damage to the park's ground, Tree Amigos will be will be to cover the costs of any reinstatement that’s required.
- The noisy generator has been replaced with a quieter more efficient model.
I have cc’ed in council officers Aileen Cahill [[email protected]
] and Charlie Simm [[email protected]
] who have offered to answer any further questions you may have.
I hope that this allays some of your concerns. Many apologies for the problems caused by this issue.
James McAsh - Labour Councillor for Goose Green ward
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