Trees


Recent statements in this category are shown below:

  • Derby City Council (16 017 769)

    Statement Not upheld Trees 14-Aug-2017

    Summary: The Council was not at fault in the way it dealt with a planning application by Mr X's neighbour to carry out works to trees covered by a Tree Preservation Order.

  • South Derbyshire District Council (16 019 246)

    Statement Upheld Trees 09-Aug-2017

    Summary: The Council failed to inform Mrs B of her appeal rights about her high hedge complaint on two occasions. This creates some unavoidable uncertainty that there may have been a different outcome with the hedge if Mrs B had appealed. The Council also took too long to make decisions and did not adequately communicate with Mrs B.

  • Manchester City Council (17 005 257)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Trees 04-Aug-2017

    Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint as a claim for negligence should be made in court. We have not seen any evidence to suggest it is not reasonable for Mr X to take court action.

  • Wolverhampton City Council (17 005 664)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Trees 29-Jul-2017

    Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate Mr A's complaint about the Council's response to his concerns about a tree close to his property because it is unlikely that he would identify fault on the Council's part.

  • Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (17 005 158)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Trees 27-Jul-2017

    Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint about how the Council dealt with requests to carry out works to protected trees. The complainant had a right of appeal against the Council's decision on his request and it is also too late to consider this now. The complainant has not been caused significant injustice by the Council's decision on an application by a third party.

  • Charnwood Borough Council (17 004 415)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Trees 27-Jul-2017

    Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate Mr B's complaint that the Council failed to take enforcement action against unauthorised works to trees in a Conservation Area. This is because there is insufficient evidence of fault in the way the Council made its decision not to pursue enforcement action.

  • City Of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (17 004 432)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Trees 27-Jul-2017

    Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate Mr B's complaint about a tree preservation order (TPO) on a neighbour's tree, and the Council's decision to restrict his communications about that matter. This is because the Ombudsman has already decided similar complaints from Mr B about the TPO, and there is insufficient evidence of fault in the way the Council reached its decision to impose its unreasonably persistent/vexatious complainant policy.

  • West Berkshire Council (16 011 333)

    Statement Upheld Trees 25-Jul-2017

    Summary: The Council properly made a tree preservation order affecting X's land. But, the Council fell below acceptable administrative standards in dealing with X when making the order. In recognition of that poor service, the Council should apologise and pay X's representative £100. The Council should also consider preparing guidance for officers handling such orders to improve its service.

  • Mansfield District Council (16 012 832)

    Statement Not upheld Trees 17-Jul-2017

    Summary: The Council was not at fault in how it considered Mr and Mrs X's request to pollard a tree which overhung their garden. The Council was also not at fault for not investigating damage to Mr and Mrs X's drain allegedly caused by the tree's roots.

  • Cheshire East Council (17 004 261)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Trees 17-Jul-2017

    Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate Mr B's complaint about the Council's processes for responding to high hedge complaints. This is because Mr B could have pursued his appeal to the Planning Inspector. Also, Mr B has not suffered a significant injustice as a result of the alleged fault.

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