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2 hours ago, Gary Prentice said:

I prefer them roasted with wine, stuffed with Quail eggs and red squirrels.. ;)

Tasty. All the better with a few crispy fried salt and pepper great crested newts for starters.

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3 hours ago, Gary Prentice said:

What I'd like to do, if possible, is to get to a more open for consideration than a single officer, with delegated powers, who, it appears, is of a particular mindset. 

Another way of seeing this is that you are asking for someone with the same mindset as yourself to make the decision. And you'll keep asking for a different officer until you get what you want. You may disagree with the tree officer, but that's what they're paid to do.


3 hours ago, Gary Prentice said:

The exceptions are too vague. The mention in the guideline about considering engineering solutions doesn't begin to address what level of expense an injured party should go to before simply exerting their right to abate a nuisance.

The exceptions are quite clear. Why do you need to consider what expense anyone has to go to before they can exert their right to abate a nuisance. They can exercise their right to abate a nuisance no matter what other solutions may be available, or what the cost is. It's an exception. Of course you can only do what is necessary to abate the nuisance, and a tree can't be a nuisance to it's owner. The Occupiers Liability Act should also be considered regards compensation.


DED appears to be having a good year and is prominent on many trees which were previously free of the disease. There's a large wych elm on the left hand side just before you cross the bridge over the Etherow as you head towards Glossop. A real cracker. I noticed on the opposite side of the road a dead/dying elm, and wondered if the big one would survive.




4 hours ago, Gary Prentice said:

From what I've read this morning in the guidelines, 'persons with interest' are only those who might remove or lop a protected tree. So my interpretation of that is only the owner of a neighbouring property which the trees overhanging

And the owner of the tree.


4 hours ago, Gary Prentice said:

the guidelines contain a lot of words like consider, may, might etc.

That's because they're guidelines rather than legislation, and some things are discretionary, not obligatory.

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4 hours ago, EdwardC said:

 You may disagree with the tree officer, but that's what they're paid to do.



Ah . The TO is paid to disagree . Now I get it 🙂

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