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Re: ALMO tree stock

Subject: Re: ALMO tree stock
From: Scott Cullen
Date: Dec 31 2010 10:03:32

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  To: UK Tree Care 
  Sent: Friday, December 31, 2010 4:30 AM
  Subject: RE: ALMO tree stock

  But David, surely that's not privatisation?

  Surely privatisation is when the LA sell off assets, to a.n.other party? 
  Which, admittedly is true of some out-of-london ALMOs that I know - one 
  where the ALMO board formed a bank of trustees who bought the land off of 
  the LA, therein becoming the landowner........ 

  SC Well I finally had to look it up.  I searched on "ALMO trees" and got 
nothing but this thread (pretty efficient placement for Google to find UKTC!) 
 I shortened to "ALMO" and got this write up.

  Arms Length Management Organisations or arm's length management 
organisations (ALMOs) are UK not-for-profit companies set up by a local 
authorities primarily to manage and improve all or part of their housing 
stock. Ownership of the housing stock itself normally stays with the local 
authority. As at July 2008, 70 ALMOs were managing over half of all UK 
council housing, consisting of more than a million properties... ALMOs are 
owned by local authorities and operate under the terms of a management 
agreement between the authority and the ALMO.

  AC But that's not true of all. It's certainly not true of the borough I'm 
  - I still have to adhere to borough policy, I still have to procure though 
  borough procurement channels, I still have to answer to the local 
  MP/Councillors........   etc, etc etc. 

  AC It may say the ALMOs name on my payslip, but I still have to act if i 
  employed by the LA, and I still  manage the stock under my jurisdiction in 
  an equal regard. 

  AC "A rose by any other name.........."

  AC Anyway, the original question wasn't about the in's and out's of the 
  of an ALMO, is was in relation to the trees under their jurisdiction....

  SC Having always been a private sector type my involvement has always been 
in providing services to public sector owners or managers.  Over the years 
I've seen trees under umbrella managment, parks and rec managing parks trees 
while highways or public works manage street trees.  Housing authorities 
managing public housing trees.  Transit authorities managing mass transit 
trees.  Special taxing or improvment districts managing their trees.  
Private, non-profit conservancies mannaging a particular park or particular 
streetscape.  School systems managing schoolyard trees.  In each instance 
ownership remains in the public sector.  Management may be public or private. 
 The exception is private trees regulated by public sector planners or 
heritage or historic designations.  I think the issue is always whether 
separate managment creates efficiency, flexibility and tailored managment or 
sacrifices economies of scale and an overall plan for the urban forest.  I 
suppose the same question could be asked about each LA managing its own trees 
rather than aggrgating all the London boroughs's trees or all of Brtiain's 
amenity trees under John's Tree Commission.  I'm not sure there is any single 

  Happy New Year!

  Scott Cullen 

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