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Police and contractors have gathered on the green space next to Newark Library, as protesters questioned the legality of the work about to take place.

Newark and Sherwood District Council told the Advertiser the land, next to London Road carpark and former municipal building is being fenced off.

Police, contractors and protesters have gathered at the library gardens (53002864)
Police, contractors and protesters have gathered at the library gardens (53002864)

"Today, Thursday, November 11, the land adjacent to the London Road carpark, Newark Library and the former municipal building is being fenced off," said a spokesman.

"Despite the district council’s best efforts to carry out an independent ecological survey of the site last week, we were prevented from doing so by campaigners on the site.

"This survey is required before the trees are removed.

"The land is privately owned and it is not public open space."

Police, contractors and protesters have gathered at the library gardens (53002877)
Police, contractors and protesters have gathered at the library gardens (53002877)

Police have told protesters to stay out the way of council workers putting up the fencing and that they would regret having to take any action to stop them.

An officer told campaigners there was still some question over whether they would cut a hedge in order to complete a bat survey.

Police, contractors and protesters have gathered at the library gardens (53002857)
Police, contractors and protesters have gathered at the library gardens (53002857)
Police, contractors and protesters have gathered at the library gardens (53002860)
Police, contractors and protesters have gathered at the library gardens (53002860)

Protester Pam Ball said the Woodland Trust sent a letter to the council yesterday stating the survey should be done between April and October.



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