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Fines for two on pruning of trees

TREES protected by a Tree Preservation Order were pruned at a borough club - landing two men a hefty fine of more than £1,600 between them.

TREES protected by a Tree Preservation Order were pruned at a borough club - landing two men a hefty fine of more than £1,600 between them.

Solihull Council successfully prosecuted Richard Atkinson, Facilities Chairman of Solihull Arden Tennis Club and Mark Cooper of Discount Tree Felling at Solihull Magistrates Court on November 10.

The court heard that a member of the public contacted the council in February this year about several protected trees being ‘substantially pruned’ at the club in Sharmans Cross Road.

Following a site visit, the council found that an oak, beech and hawthorn, which were covered by a Tree Preservation Order, had been pruned without written approval from the council.

Both Mr Atkinson and Mr Cooper pleaded guilty to the offences made under section 210 of the Town and Country Planning Act.

Mr Atkinson claimed he was unaware that the trees were covered by a Tree Preservation Order. He was fined a total of £615 (£100 per tree plus costs) for authorising the work to take place.

Mr Cooper claimed to have been shown a document from the tennis club which purported to be planning permission. However, he accepted he did not make any checks before carrying out the work. Mr Cooper was fined a total of £1,055 (£180 per tree plus costs) for carrying out unauthorised work to protected trees.

 

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