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RE: Online TPOs

Subject: RE: Online TPOs
From: Glyn Thomas
Date: Mar 14 2012 14:34:09
<<The thing you've got to consider is do TPOs actually make any difference? 
Is their liberal distribution actually ever gonna make a difference to tree 
cover? Undoubtedly at the micro-level preventing a dendrophobe from cutting 
all his trees down makes sense, but overall do they make any desirable 
difference?

I've got a couple of ongoing jobs where tree owners have been put off doing 
anything by the TPO ("you can't do anything; it's got a TPO!"), and the 
situation where some strategic removals would benefit the retained trees is 
common place. Yes I know that a decent TO would permit or even encourage the 
strategic removals, but simply isn't how TPOs are currently working. 

And not all LAs have a TO, and when they delegate the work to an Artichoke or 
a Contracts Manager, TPOs can definitely start to be counterproductive!>>

Hi Bill

I know you have 'in principle' objections to the use of TPOs.  In my opinion, 
they are a useful tool in managing tree cover, providing they are used 
properly.  I don't think Paul B was advocating blanket coverage, rather a 
strategic approach to identifying and protecting key trees, informed by some 
form of landscape (or townscape) character assessment.

Glyn



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