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RE: Non invasive cable brace[Scanned]

Subject: RE: Non invasive cable brace[Scanned]
From: Ian May
Date: Dec 21 2006 12:58:10

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Subject: Re: Non invasive cable brace[Scanned]

 I think you're missing the point here Jonathan. The TPO legislation
does  not permit the LPA to "demand" any sort of maintenance work. It
may be an  inadequacy of the TPO system but if a tree has a fault that
requires maintenance  work, the owner is the only one who can specify
work as it is at his all to be  done entirely at his expense.  Why
should he be obliged to go and lay out a pile of loot for cable bracing
when he doesn't want the tree? Where will it end? 

If the focus of the applicant's justification for losing the tree is
down to the cost of maintaining the cable then surely the argument
doesn't stack up against the vastly more significant cost of felling the
tree, even if this financial decision was based on a projection of
cabling maintenance visits throughout the remaining life expectancy of
the tree. The cost of these visits could reasonably be calculated upon
the median between the worst case and the best case cost per inspection
visit multiplied by a reasonable frequency of projected inspection
visits against the cost of felling (all at todays prices). In theory the
cost of either operation would rise in parallel and therefore should not
be factored unless say the materials involved become premium
Without making the calculations I would intuitively suggest that felling
would be the more expensive option and this would discredit the
justification to fell particularly as the lifetime maintenance costs
relating to this tree are unlikely to be the current tree owner's
because of the transient nature of home ownership.

I was trying to find a bricks and mortar comparative analogy. The
closest I could come up with was; A listed building owner wants to
demolish his building because he will not accept the costs of
maintaining a safe structure. Such requests are invariably denied but
here's where the comparison fails because the LPA can serve a repairs
notice to require the work to a listed building, although as you
highlight Bill, this is not an option with TPO trees.

I find that the righteous indignation of some protected tree owners
often conceals another agenda though sometimes this sort of posturing
simply indicates a difficulty with authority.  

Regards Ian.................... 


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