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RE: [EXTERNAL] Problem stump

Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] Problem stump
From: Howe, Ron
Date: May 22 2020 10:24:27
Hi Trevor, without the owner's permission, in writing, it would be criminal 
damage, which is an arrestable offence! Might have to consider alternative 
kink in the drive if the neighbour's not friendly!

Ron Howe
Tree Officer (Planning)
Mole Valley District Council
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Hi all,

As part of a redevelopment, my client needs to widen very slightly a small 
access road. On the side of this road, there is an old, decaying (but 
re-sprouting) Sycamore stump (see photo).
Ownership is unclear, but client thinks the centre of the stump would be 
slightly further into the neighbouring property than his access road (so not 
the client's tree).
No TPO, no Con Area and no Planning Permission granted.
Not very good practice I know, but he wants to exercise his common law right 
and cut a wedge out of the tree stump in order to provide room for the 
widened road (Highways have insisted it needs to be a certain width).
I've never come across this scenario, so wondered if he would be within his 
rights to cut away the offending part of the tree stump? It'll leave a big 
wound, but tree is knackered anyway...

Any thoughts?



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