New plans for market site in tree row

A COUNCIL at the centre of a row over the removal of five birch trees from Thirsk Market Place yesterday said it was working on a new scheme for the area.

Earlier this week Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, presented a petition signed by 1,000 people at Parliament after Hambleton District Council removed the trees. It called for them to be replaced.

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The council has said the trees were removed over health and safety fears and yesterday said it was planning a new scheme. In the meantime a temporary floral display has been put in place.

A group looking at ideas for the market place is due to meet in the next few weeks: “and hopefully come up with some ideas regarding a long-lasting scheme for this area of Thirsk,” a council spokeswoman said yesterday. Public talks would then be held on any proposal.