Coun­cil cut down trees de­spite preser­va­tion or­der

Bray People - - NEWS -

THERE WERE tree preser­va­tion or­ders in place on a num­ber of trees cut down by Bray Town Coun­cil re­cently on Florence Road.

Res­i­dents of the area were fu­ri­ous ear­lier in March when they stepped in to stop work to give all the trees on the road the chop.

While Bray Town Coun­cil of­fi­cials have said that the trees are old and dis­eased, the lo­cals say that they have seen no ev­i­dence of this. Any­one con­tra­ven­ing an or­der or pro­posed or­der will be con­sid­ered guilty of an of­fence. How­ever, if a tree be­comes dam­aged, dies or re­quires works, Bray Town Coun­cil can carry out nec­es­sary works with­out break­ing the TPO, ac­cord­ing to Ex­ec­u­tive En­gi­neer Stephen Fox. How­ever, he said that if a landowner wishes to re­move dan­ger­ous, dead or dy­ing trees they must be in pos­ses­sion of doc­u­men­ta­tion ' that stands up.'

To date, no such doc­u­men­ta­tion has been pro­duced by Bray Town Coun­cil to the Sta­ble Lane Res­i­dents' As­so­ci­a­tion, who op­posed the felling of four of their trees.

' The coun­cil is clearly in breach of its own tree preser­va­tion or­der,' re­marked Cllr. John Brady. 'I've asked for a re­port from a tree spe­cial­ist.'

Florence road in Bray.

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