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Tougher Control on Urban Tree Felling?

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I went through this with my team yesterday. The consultation side of things shouldn't affect us a great deal as we only carry out works in accordance with our tree safety policy so would rely on the exemptions a great deal. Plus we don't have much in the way of what they define as street trees. No nuisance abatement exemption though (think street trees implicated in subsidence). If the path or a statutory undertaker's pipe is knackered then they're apparently fair game. 

 

The reporting side and mandatory tree strategy side of things look burdensome though. Recording numbers of trees felled/planted on development sites? Ouch. Smells like tax returns later presented as league tables. Delegate that to the arb consultants to report on on satisfactory completion.

 

We have a strategy already and I'm in process of reviewing so not too bothersome but for those without, will government make money/resource available to draw up? What if they don't? It's a good thing ultimately but I can see councils with a single tree officer (or less) tearing their hair out. 

 

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13 hours ago, Adam M said:

The excemptions would get you off the hook for most consultations. The ones you'll have to bother people about would be the ones where matey has complained about aphids and the local councillor puts their weight behind nobbling the aphid mothership.

have you been following me?

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1 hour ago, Adam M said:

 

 

We have a strategy already and I'm in process of reviewing so not too bothersome but for those without, will government make money/resource available to draw up? What if they don't? It's a good thing ultimately but I can see councils with a single tree officer (or less) tearing their hair out. 

 

You HAVE been following me!!!!

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Someone kindly pointed out that the burden of public consultation (100m2) could be anyone within 6m of the tree, rather than within 100m of the tree as I initially thought.

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On 09/01/2019 at 14:01, Khriss said:

( an planting a million trees is meaningless if they are the wrong trees in the wrong place)

And there is a lack of after care which I see many many cases of.

 

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