Council cut down trees despite preservation order
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.