It gives me great pleasure to present this public petition to the House this evening.
The petition states:
The Petition of the “Sefton Coast Watch Committee”.
Declares the Petitioners’ serious concerns over the past ten years with the plans of the organisation presently known as Natural England to clear fell in total 75 hectares, ie almost one quarter of the 302 hectares of woodland which make up the Sefton Coastal Woods. These woods are a precious red squirrel refuge and a delight to the 700,000 visitors annually, mainly from Merseyside. They also help to neutralise raised carbon emissions from global warming. This represents 5,000 local residents within the borough of Sefton and supports the unanimous vote of Sefton councillors on 4th March 2004.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to initiate a Judicial review or some other unbiased Parliamentary legal investigation; so that the correct interpretation of the National and European Conservation legislation may be clearly determined. We request that this should happen before Natural England is granted any further licence to clear fell and destroy more of an already existing red squirrel woodland habitat.
And the petitioners remain, etc.
To lie upon the Table.