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Novelist raised and educated in Newark Matt Haig calls on 'baddies' of district council to change their minds on tree felling



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A novelist who was raised and educated in Newark has called on the district council to change its mind on the London Road carpark extension.

"I love these trees," said Matt Haig on his Instagram page.

"These sycamore trees are part of Newark Library Garden in Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire.

Matt Haig, author. Picture by Kan Lailey.
Matt Haig, author. Picture by Kan Lailey.

"As a teenager I used to go straight from school to the library to kill some hours before mum came home from work. I used to stare out of the window at the garden.

"It gave me peace after a stressful day at school. It is a well-loved green space in my hometown."

Matt added Newark and Sherwood District Council doesn't see the point of the trees.

A bat survey of the four trees on green space next to Newark Library seems to have now concluded. (53028208)
A bat survey of the four trees on green space next to Newark Library seems to have now concluded. (53028208)

"Despite the protests of locals and a petition of 5,000 angry people they are still planning to fell them," he said.

"Why? To build a bigger carpark.

"Local residents are trying to peacefully defend the garden and these trees while the council is attempting to go ahead with its plans.

"Yep. While the world grapples with climate change and ways to ensure the survival of future generations of humans and other lifeforms, you get a Newark council trying to act like baddies in a Joni Mitchell song.

A bat survey of the four trees on green space next to Newark Library seems to have now concluded. (53028202)
A bat survey of the four trees on green space next to Newark Library seems to have now concluded. (53028202)

"This may seem a small issue. But it really is THE issue. It is about whether we start being respectful to the natural spaces we have left, or keep wanting to crush them and build even bigger carparks.

"Please change your mind Newark council."

Newark and Sherwood District Council has been approached for comment.



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