Here we have a rather worrying message to share from the Secretary of the local campaign group ‘For Trees’ who we have supported on this blog. Wirral Council appear to have learned nothing from the past and are resorting to a tried , tested (and failed) tactics of gags, bans and playing the victim of a vexatious complainant :
As some of you may know, WBC issued an order to the’ For Trees’ Secretary on 14th Mar 2019 . Perhaps it was inspired by Sheffield City Council’s (who saw fit to issue an injunction against one of their own Councillors protesting the removal of thousands of the city’s trees).
It tells me that;
‘we have received a large number of complaints in your name’
‘we note that you have raised certain arguments on numerous occasions which have already been answered in full, such as the use of glyphosate ‘
‘it appears that you are acting with or leading a group of people who are coordinating complaints or who use the same arguments and the same points as you do in their complaints’;
‘you have complained about various staff members engaged by ourselves, including calling for Mary Worrall to resign’
Guilty as charged m’lud.
So the current corporate director for business management, Paul Satoor, has communicated by letter that WBC has invoked the policy ( ‘unreasonable and unreasonably persistent complaints procedure), in which I am debarred from communicating by letter or any other means for a period of two years, with any Council staff unless it is about a ‘new’ subject (ie not about trees). This new complaint can only be addressed to Shelby Loudon at the ‘feedback’ team where it will be filed but not responded to!
Never mind that the Council, who have stepped up their felling and dismantling of Wiral’s trees, are in breach of their statutory obligations to protect trees and to protect biodiversity, or that they’ve contracted Mancoed to do so when it is against the law, during the nesting season, to carry out these operations ( Wildlife & Countryside Act as amended 1991).
Never mind that they are blithely carrying on the Glyphosate poisoning contract at the expense of every living thing on the Wirral and elsewhere, courtesy of the taxpayer – even though 15 countries have banned it, and wiser Councils are following suit.
Never mind that they are asking Wirral’s residents to fund this gigantic and irremediable devastation of our environment when the relevant officers are paid to protect it.
When the going gets tough, the Council get gagging…