Building firm allays bird fears

Work is continuing at land off Three Sisters Road
Work is continuing at land off Three Sisters Road

A CONSTRUCTION firm which has bulldozed several acres of trees at a development site is acting legally, it has been confirmed.

The activities of Pochin’s Construction on land off Three Sisters Road in Bryn had raised concern from several nature enthusiasts as it is the middle of the birds’ breeding season.

A number contacted the firm with their concerns.

However the company, which is preparing the ground to build a distribution unit at the site, says it has followed all the necessary procedures and has taken full account of environmental regulations.

It says some of the trees and shrubs have been proved to house nests and, in line with the law, these will be left in place until they are no longer being used by the birds.

Police (GMP) also confirmed it has received complaints but sees no grounds to take any further action and Wigan Council says it has no concerns about the scheme.

Pochin’s Construction managing director Jon Pochin said: “We have secured a contract to build a new industrial unit on that site.

“We are aware it’s the nesting season and we appointed an ecologist to advise us on whether there were any nests there.

“We’ve identified a couple of them and those areas have been cordoned off. We will monitor the nests until the eggs have hatched and chicks have fledged. At that point we will remove the trees and not before. The rest of the trees are being removed as we are allowed to do.

“We have carried out everything correctly. We are aware the matter has been referred to the police, we have provided them with all the information and they are content we have not broken any laws.”

Wigan Council granted approval for the 16,960 sq m unit with access and landscaping in February subject to the developers meeting a list of conditions.

The land was described as containing self-seeded trees and shrubs in a report prepared for the planning committee and the council also determined it was not necessary to complete an environmental impact assessment.

Mike Worden, assistant director for planning and transport, said: “This site is not subject to any tree preservation orders or other restrictions and so the removal of trees does not involve a breach of planning controls.”

GMP confirmed all the necessary reports had been carried out by Pochin’s and as nesting areas had been taped off the police enquiries had been closed.