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TREE TROUBLES: Moor Park resident left ‘frustrated’ by council’s tree removal policy

 Published on: 11th October 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Moor Park resident has spoken of his worry about his council’s tree removal policy after he was left saddled with a diseased tree for eight weeks before anything was done.

Nick Nicholas said he discovered a tree on his property had sure signs of sickness. Upon calling up two separate tree surgeons for an expert’s opinion, they both stated it needed to be cut down.

He spoke to Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) on the matter. In response, they sent him a video explanation of what they would do and told him they would take it from there.

Mr Nicholas was then left adrift for eight weeks. All this while, the tree continued to decay and wither, all the while further increasing the risk that the tree would fall and either damage his property or even injure someone.

Eventually, after two months, he decided to contact Moor Park councillor Debbie Morris.

Within 24 hours of speaking to her about the situation, he was given permission to remove the tree, leaving him even more perplexed as to why approval took so long in the first place.

Speaking to Northwood&RuislipNews, Mr Nicholas said: “I’m frustrated. I was worried the whole time the tree might fall and hurt somebody. The council is burying their heads in the sand.”

A spokesperson for TRDC said: “The tree was protected by Conservation Area status, rather than a Tree Preservation Order. A tree works application was submitted in the normal way; however, further information was subsequently submitted relating to the poor condition of the tree. In response the council gave permission to fell the tree under a five-day notice.”

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