Last week, the Portsmouth City Council Planning Committee failed to save four trees in the grounds of St. James' Hospital. This is a real disappointment to the Keep Milton Green campaign. It was a decision made despite local Lib Dem councillor Ben Dowling speaking up for the trees on behalf of local residents - over 60 of which wrote into the committee personally to object to the felling of these trees.
After such a bad decision was made, this spurred local residents on to protest this weekend just gone. Over 200 local residents came out to protest against the tree felling and unsustainable future development.
The Lib Dem Milton and Baffins councillors [pictured above] were saddened to see the trees fell but pleased that the strength of community spirit in the area has not been stinted.