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RE: Ticking time bomb for Area TPOs?

Subject: RE: Ticking time bomb for Area TPOs?
From: Jonathan Astill
Date: Aug 16 2006 11:05:35

You are right to say that the review of Area TPOs is not exactly news.
Many LPAs with the foresight, member support and resources acted on
these recommendations in the 90's and embarked on the labourious but
necessary review process. However, I recall that a time frame of 5 years
was indicated but the hour glass was never turned over. Subsequently
many TOs probably didn't have the leverage to secure the resources.

If the DCLG do impose a time frame then LPA will HAVE to act, not just
choose to. Unless, of course they are willing to accept widespread loss
of unprotected amenity trees.  Personally I'm all for it, but feel that
anything less than 5 years is likely to cause big problems.

As for the streamlining of tree protection, the sooner, the better.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Ellis []
Sent: 16 August 2006 11:42
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: Ticking time bomb for Area TPOs?

This is really good news; if they can remove the need for minor pruning
applications and get the resources concentrated on the proper protection
of trees.  There is the problem of finding resources for the review of
the old Area orders but this is not exactly 'news', like they said it
was recommended several years ago and I know I spent a considerable
amount of time letting management and councillors know that they needed
to review the TPOs.  That was another useful exercise in personal
development, the 'Getting used to rejection' module.

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