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  1. Delaying validation

    Hi E - I totally agree with what you say, councils are working on what they perceive to be 'transferable skills' to 'dumb' down person and job specifications. If you can tick a box then hey there you go ?!?!? And by dumbing down a drop in salary and a saving...but in what?! But its not only in this industry within councils I see it happening to other colleagues e.g. archaeology and landscaping....councils want all the experience, knowledge but pay graduate pay - not encouraging. One colleague a landscape architect highly qualified designing the towns gardens etc in a restructure was told they would be taking on pricing up for removal of fly tipped rubbish and be delivering recycling bags?!?!? how to make you feel valued huh ?! So in the mean time I just keep my head down, dodge the politics and stick to the facts.............happy days.....
  2. Delaying validation

    It is interesting being on the other side as a TO - I certainly don't condone the incompetence of some council practices which I hear about on here and seen first hand, but as a whole the industry has changed and is changing - along with councils. Councils are so process driven they have lost site of the purpose - PUBLIC SERVICE - and in trying to be efficient and work in this digital age the role of the TO is wrapped up in the same parcel as a planner/planning process which can cause problems. For example if you wanted a site meeting with me you now have to make a PreApp request and be charged for it ?!?! i get accused by my managers of being too helpful and being asked 'should that have been a PreApp?' Err No I'm here to help and I dont see an us and them were on teh same side; whats the best option for the tree(s). Also colleagues have experienced not being able to fill TO/Tree inspector posts and the reason, in the old days if you were lucky you did the ND in arb or trained on the job gaining your tickets worked brash dragging then, climbing and decided you could do it better yourself set up on your own learned more on the jobs etc effectively an apprenticeship and at some point possibly decided that a job with the council seemed a good option on those freezing cold days. With the development of qualifications within the industry more people are gaining foundation degree, MSCs etc and want to launch into consultancy roles leaving a big gap in the skill base in terms of coming up through the ranks. I am not criticisng the development of making the industry more professional and recognised qualifications etc but what you are left with in terms of filling TO roles can be questionable. Just the observations of a TO - Happy Friday
  3. it is easy when you know the answers and when you understand the lingo of the industry....like being dyslexic and being told to use a dictionary to find out how to spell a word ?!?!? Really useful ?!?!?! You might try googling Professional Tree Inspections you may not find a form as such but in looking at course content you may be able to ascertain what information you need to collect - think what do I need to know to make an assessment of this trees condition, what would a client need to know? Have you looked at the course content? There should be an internal assessment document which lists the units and the content of what will be taught within those units along with useful information such as reading material, lists of species PnD that you will be taught. Not exhaustive but may help - look at the arb association Web site for courses, reference material which may help in terms of the PPE question. Good Luck
  4. TPO check timescale

    To clarify the schedule states birch and the trees on site are birch? But by your assessment the birch present have been planted after 1983? when the TPO was served? There may have been a replacement planting notice issued hence younger specimens of the same species listed on the schedule - rather than wait for an answer consider making an application and start the clock ticking. If the application is not determined in the 8 weeks while it becomes a refusal by default you could then appeal.
  5. Developers ?!?!

    So in a nut shell - poor performance by previous TO or lack of prior to being in post and typical planners not giving a watsit and using crass conditions which did'nt even inc BS 5837 2012. The consultants for the site produced the tree survey info to the standard but so far in the case file I have not found the Impact Assessment or Method statement - DISAPPOINTING?!?! Will be contacting consultant to see if they were asked to provide one as no condition on the DN for one ?!?! I now have the other developer kicking off and their arb consultant ...who in fairness is not angry with me but that this situation has arisen....understandably? So at the moment it looks like the planning process condoned this ?!?!
  6. Developers ?!?!

    Some days you do wonder what its all about............just what the doctor ordered for a Friday afternoon...?! ....and to add to the mix there TPO'd.
  7. Correct for England listed building status does not automatically protect trees - however as always a caveat you may want to check the deeds for any covenants although unusual and unlikely to be challenged there may be something relating to trees. I had one recently whereby in the deeds it stated that all trees were to be treated as if TPO'd in that an application had to be made to the council - there was no TPO on the trees ?!?!?
  8. Root protection system

    Mmm disappointing on the side of the TO...from what you have said there is'nt enough evidence to condemn the tree but if the tree is not afforded any statutory protection then its not needed and easy to point the finger. While I appreciate the possible conversation in the council office about the council being liable 'if' the tree is found to be causing any foundation movement the TO could serve a TPO as a tool to request further information to prevent the loss of a significant tree and IF the evidence is presented which unfortunately identifies that the tree is having an influence on the property the TPO can either be left to lapse or not confirmed.
  9. an interesting one...

    :001_smile:Thank You...
  10. an interesting one...

    Was it a cop out on the TOs part to refuse and let an inspector decide?....internal politics.? public pressure? I suspect that also has a lot to do with it unfortunately!
  11. an interesting one...

    For what its worth as a lowly TO my thoughts if I received the application ..... On the evidence submitted in the tree report from the consulting arborist I would have made a site visit spoken with the consultant and arranged to meet them on site. The underlying/historical reasons given for wanting removal may be none arboricultural and a bigger picture of light etc BUT Clearly a significant tree but based on the consulting arb report the tree has physical issues which compromise its functionality despite the tree appearing to be in good vigour – but is that due to grafted roots? The lean has increased from 5-10 degrees in 2006 to 11.7 in 2016 – so it’s either moved 6.7 degrees or 1.7 degrees, that’s a big discrepancy but the tree is clearly moving. I don’t have a fully working knowledge of QTRA but from the info in the report clearly the risk is considered unacceptable – taking all that into account and looking at the target area combined with the vertical crack, what has occurred within the rooting area historically I would be writing a report recommending the Beech was felled, I would feel that the risk is too great for the council to take the hit. On the basis also that Beech trees are shallow rooted and any reduction in the canopy to reduce weight would need to be significant and Beech trees are not tolerant of heavy reductions, it’s adjacent to another Beech reduction of sorts would need to be considered. There are times when I feel TO’s have to accept that a tree is at the end of its safe useful life within the urban environment and while we can say lets’ reduce it and see what happens, oh just leave it etc etc we are not god. There is a process and a replacement can be planted, I know that doesn’t replace the loss of a mature tree in the short term but where there are groups of even aged trees surely we have a duty to look at the long term management of the area which should include replacements? I forgot to add – I think a possible PICUS but that would have its limitations, if Merripilus was present and given there had been Dmp test and no significant cavities found it wouldn’t really help. Although I know a gut feeling isn’t fact but given the lean something had to be going on? Some excavation around the roots may have shed light on issues and wouldn’t have taken 8 weeks to do and there in would have been potentially damning evidence…….I don’t feel that the TO necessarily did a thorough job in requesting further investigation however how far do you go?
  12. TPO Replacement trees

    :confused1: I have to say words fail me on that one and I would think that condition would be seen as unreasonable. As mentioned previously there are 6 tests for writing conditions: - necessary; relevant to planning and; to the development to be permitted; enforceable; precise and; reasonable in all other respects. Mmmm
  13. TPO Replacement trees

    Agreed about reviewing TPOs however where a tree is in a prominent/significant location if in reviewing the tree fails to met the criteria and the TPO revoked then an important tree could be lost. If the tree is in private ownership than the owner has a duty of care and should rightly manage the tree, thereby if it requires removal under the TPO it can be replaced?!? The antagonism I feel about TPOs is the ambiguity of historic ones which only cover areas and lists in the schedule...'trees of whatever species.....' my frustration comes when I have requests to revoke TPOs that have been sitting with legal for 2+ years along with new TPOs to be served following review ?!?!
  14. Tree works application

    Not with a TPO, the dbh only applies to trees within a conservation area.
  15. TPO Replacement trees

    A council can place any condition on a DN...it would be normal to place a condition on that the replacement is planted within the next growing season and state the season...eg. 2016-2017. Also as you are not allowed to create a 'new animal' in terms of the TPO the replacement usually goes within the same vicinity of the one being felled therefore it is highly likely to be in the way and make the job of felling harder....no common sense there. Chris is right the replacement is not automatically covered the TPO needs to be varied to reflect the new tree.

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