Trees


Recent statements in this category are shown below:

  • Ribble Valley Borough Council (18 012 966)

    Statement Not upheld Trees 07-Mar-2019

    Summary: Mr X complained about the way the Council responded to the cutting down of two trees which had tree preservation orders on them. He also complained about the way the Council handled his complaint about the issue. The Ombudsman has stopped investigating the complaint because Mr X has not suffered a significant personal injustice because of the Council's actions.

  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (17 018 870)

    Statement Not upheld Trees 27-Feb-2019

    Summary: The Ombudsman does not find the Council acted with fault in refusing to carry out works to trees next to residents' homes.

  • Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (18 006 405)

    Statement Not upheld Trees 19-Feb-2019

    Summary: Mr C says the Council should not have approved a development which, he says, will damage a tree near his property. The Council was not at fault. The Council tree officer's decision that the development posed minimal risk to the tree was a professional one open to him on the facts.

  • Newcastle upon Tyne City Council (18 011 168)

    Statement Not upheld Trees 15-Feb-2019

    Summary: Ms X complains the Council wrongly allowed the felling of protected trees as an exception to the Tree Protection Order Regulations. As the works were carried out by a gas provider, the exemption applied and an application was not needed. The Council has also taken steps to ensure replanting takes place. Ms X is not affected in a way that is significant enough to warrant further investigation by the Ombudsman.

  • Sheffield City Council (17 017 004)

    Statement Upheld Trees 30-Jan-2019

    Summary: Ms C complains at the planned removal and replacement of a tree under the Council's 'Streets Ahead' programme. We find the Council at fault for not giving its independent tree panel all its reasons for wanting to remove this tree and for a misleading reply to an enquiry from Ms C. We consider the faults have caused uncertainty about whether the tree needs removing. The Council has agreed to reconsider its decision as part of its new strategy towards street trees and to apologise to Ms C for misleading her.

  • Sheffield City Council (17 016 034)

    Statement Upheld Trees 30-Jan-2019

    Summary: Mr D complains at the planned removal and replacement of a tree under the Council's 'Streets Ahead' programme. We find the Council at fault for not giving its independent tree panel all its reasons for wanting to remove this tree and for a misleading reply to an enquiry from Mr D. We consider the faults have caused uncertainty about whether the tree needs removing. The Council has agreed to reconsider its decision as part of a new strategy towards street trees and to apologise to Mr D for misleading him.

  • Sheffield City Council (18 011 035)

    Statement Not upheld Trees 08-Jan-2019

    Summary: Mrs Y complains about leaf fall from a council owned tree. She says the tree is a hazard and should be removed. The Council has pruned the tree and advised Mrs Y to make contact to arrange a sweep of the pavement if there is excessive leaf fall. The Ombudsman does not uphold the complaint because we do not find fault in the Council's actions.

  • Essex County Council (18 011 185)

    Statement Not upheld Trees 02-Jan-2019

    Summary: The complainant says the Council refused to maintain a tree outside his property, which was overhanging his garden. However, the Ombudsman has found no fault with the way the Council handled the request.

  • Sheffield City Council (17 014 108)

    Statement Upheld Trees 13-Dec-2018

    Summary: Mr B complains about the Council's decision to fell street trees on the road where he lives. We find fault in the lack of detail published by the Council in response to independent advice it received saying it could save some of the trees. However, we do not consider the fault led to an injustice as the Council later provided more justification for its position.

  • East Hertfordshire District Council (17 017 610)

    Statement Upheld Trees 12-Dec-2018

    Summary: Mrs C complains about the Council's response to her reports about tree removal in a conservation area and planning breaches. Mrs C says the village has lost the amenity value of the trees and she suffers noise disturbance. The Ombudsman has found fault by the Council as it has no record of its reasons for not acting earlier about the tree removal. The Ombudsman considers the action the Council has already taken in requiring a replacement tree and issuing a planning enforcement notice with some agreed follow up actions and improvements to its record keeping are enough to remedy Mrs C's injustice.

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