We are supposed to be saving the planet, somebody should tell the council, who are breaking their own rules!
Former councillor Chris Coldbreath, 64, branded the situation as “ridiculous”.
He said: "I cannot see how the council can class these two massive trees as an antisocial hedge. I have done a lot of research and read the act thoroughly, and the definition in the act is so broad that yes, they can do this.
"But they are really taking the definition at its very broadest. I don’t think they are working properly within the law. The law cannot be used to remove or damage trees - and yet they are using the law to try and remove these trees.
"Let’s be realistic, the intention of the act is to stop the spread of 10 foot hedges along borders.
“It wasn’t intended to chop down 70 foot trees that have been in an open area for years - trees full of wildlife that is now going to be made homeless. The whole thing is a travesty.”
Chris added: "We were originally told that this decision was irreversible - but when you start reading the act, it can’t be, because it should never have been made in the first place.
“I am confident that they have not applied the Act in the right way, and that the decision can and should be reversed. Unfortunately, I think the chances of that are very slim.”
There may be a way for a temporary reprieve though as there probably will be birds nesting in those trees, see first link below. In the end though the law, often quoted as being ‘an ass’, will probably be upheld, that’s how ridiculous this country appears to have become!
“It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built, or to intentionally kill, injure or take chicks or adults, or intentionally take or destroy any eggs.”
Disgusting, I thought trees were no longer to be cut down. Up here you can only do it if the tree poses a danger. Usually a Council takes not a blind bit of notice of someone who complains about something like this. Trust them to act on this daft thing.