Why wasn’t I consulted earlier? Council official’s anger over controversial tree felling at Druitt Gardens

Bournemouth Echo: Workers on the Renaissance Retirement Ltd site in Christchurch Workers on the Renaissance Retirement Ltd site in Christchurch

THE felling of several trees at a Christchurch beauty spot has sparked anger from a senior county council official.

Steve Maros, Dorset’s arboricultural manager has sent a stinging letter to his counterpart at Christchurch over the controversy at Druitt Gardens.

Officers at Christchurch agreed to the felling two weeks ago after the trees were allegedly damaged by developers.

Only weeks earlier councillors had voted to put protection orders on them.

Now an inquiry has been launched into the fiasco which provoked fury among Druitt Gardens campaigners.

Mr Maros has waded in to the row in an email to Nick Hayden, Christchurch’s tree officer.

“I have received several calls from concerned and irate people, including County Councillors, about the damage being caused to trees at the development in Druitt Gardens,” he said.

After visiting the site he says he is “very concerned that you have allowed machine excavation,” which has contravened guidelines. He also said they should have been consulted much earlier when works were being authorised.

He added: “I was not given access to the Arboricultural Impact Assessment, in fact I only found out that the works would impact upon DCC trees when a member of the public phoned me in late November to express concern.

“As DCC trees were to be affected I should have been consulted prior to any decision being made. I did tell Carolyn that I had no objection to a couple of low overhanging branches being removed but I presumed that any excavation.....would be by hand not JCB.

“I would be grateful if you give me your assurance that there will be no further excavation within the RPA.

“It seems to me quite perverse that Christchurch Council placed TPOs on DCC trees which restricts us operationally but then are happy to allow a private developer to damage the trees without any action being taken, legal or otherwise.”

 

Peter Hall, county councillor, said the tree felling ‘should have never happened’.
He added: “I am very pleased with what Steve Maros has said and I support him to the hilt. I hope his comments will be used in evidence when the scrutiny committee comes to investigate what has gone on here.
“Everything he said was factually correct and spot on.”

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6:58am Tue 18 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

.While the guilty play pass the buck,Sue the contractor and watch their insurance company conduct an enquirey.as near to being independent as your going to get
.While the guilty play pass the buck,Sue the contractor and watch their insurance company conduct an enquirey.as near to being independent as your going to get kalebmoledirt

9:32am Tue 18 Feb 14

FrogKiss says...

Just seen that an application in Mudeford was refused due to two pine trees, probably without TPOs as not quite in conservation area. Yet they accepted this large development without an uptodate Arboricultural report in a conservation area and permitted development to the boundary of Druitt gardens. I suggest to the resident in Mudeford that an archeological dig may be in order!
Just seen that an application in Mudeford was refused due to two pine trees, probably without TPOs as not quite in conservation area. Yet they accepted this large development without an uptodate Arboricultural report in a conservation area and permitted development to the boundary of Druitt gardens. I suggest to the resident in Mudeford that an archeological dig may be in order! FrogKiss

10:26am Tue 18 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

They didn't tell you the "archaeological" dig was by JCB?


Haaaaaa. So funny. You need a lot of wool for this one.
They didn't tell you the "archaeological" dig was by JCB? Haaaaaa. So funny. You need a lot of wool for this one. BIGTONE

11:37am Tue 18 Feb 14

skydriver says...

Yet again the council makes the news for the wrong reasons, what on earth is it with this half wit council , role on polling day, when no doubt most will get their marching orders., thank goodness .
Yet again the council makes the news for the wrong reasons, what on earth is it with this half wit council , role on polling day, when no doubt most will get their marching orders., thank goodness . skydriver

12:58pm Tue 18 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

Simple answer to this is - make the developer plant trees to replace those lost - native trees like Oak, Rowan or Hazel preferably - something nice and solid with thick growth of branches to block out the very views they were hoping to gain ......
Simple answer to this is - make the developer plant trees to replace those lost - native trees like Oak, Rowan or Hazel preferably - something nice and solid with thick growth of branches to block out the very views they were hoping to gain ...... we-shall-see

2:33pm Tue 18 Feb 14

coster says...

The wonderful work of the council officials - so heavily praised by Clr Nottage - is a constant cause of wonder. Yes we wonder what the hell they are up to most of the time!.
The wonderful work of the council officials - so heavily praised by Clr Nottage - is a constant cause of wonder. Yes we wonder what the hell they are up to most of the time!. coster

3:24pm Tue 18 Feb 14

xchresident says...

You CAN'T just REPLACE a mature tree. These are not 'just trees.' They are a precious fragile habitat . A hole in the habitat can take decades to mend and a large one such as the loss of these Druitt trees and the wild shrubs beneath them means complete loss of resident species which is often permanent. Nature is on the run everywhere and its ability to regulate our environment is under threat.

Council actions and decisions let this happen.
You CAN'T just REPLACE a mature tree. These are not 'just trees.' They are a precious fragile habitat . A hole in the habitat can take decades to mend and a large one such as the loss of these Druitt trees and the wild shrubs beneath them means complete loss of resident species which is often permanent. Nature is on the run everywhere and its ability to regulate our environment is under threat. Council actions and decisions let this happen. xchresident

3:26pm Tue 18 Feb 14

skydriver says...

coster wrote:
The wonderful work of the council officials - so heavily praised by Clr Nottage - is a constant cause of wonder. Yes we wonder what the hell they are up to most of the time!.
Now some real muscle is on the case let's hope a few heads will role , starting at the top................o
h I forgot he didn't vote to have them removed!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]coster[/bold] wrote: The wonderful work of the council officials - so heavily praised by Clr Nottage - is a constant cause of wonder. Yes we wonder what the hell they are up to most of the time!.[/p][/quote]Now some real muscle is on the case let's hope a few heads will role , starting at the top................o h I forgot he didn't vote to have them removed!!!!!! skydriver

3:27pm Tue 18 Feb 14

skydriver says...

xchresident wrote:
You CAN'T just REPLACE a mature tree. These are not 'just trees.' They are a precious fragile habitat . A hole in the habitat can take decades to mend and a large one such as the loss of these Druitt trees and the wild shrubs beneath them means complete loss of resident species which is often permanent. Nature is on the run everywhere and its ability to regulate our environment is under threat.

Council actions and decisions let this happen.
I'm sure they did, just like all the other mistakes they have made time and time again , when will it stop?
[quote][p][bold]xchresident[/bold] wrote: You CAN'T just REPLACE a mature tree. These are not 'just trees.' They are a precious fragile habitat . A hole in the habitat can take decades to mend and a large one such as the loss of these Druitt trees and the wild shrubs beneath them means complete loss of resident species which is often permanent. Nature is on the run everywhere and its ability to regulate our environment is under threat. Council actions and decisions let this happen.[/p][/quote]I'm sure they did, just like all the other mistakes they have made time and time again , when will it stop? skydriver

7:57pm Tue 18 Feb 14

phonehome says...

The trees should be replaced with mature/semi-mature trees. These can be obtained and planted at about £20,000 each - the cost to be born by the developer who destroyed the original trees.
The trees should be replaced with mature/semi-mature trees. These can be obtained and planted at about £20,000 each - the cost to be born by the developer who destroyed the original trees. phonehome

11:05pm Tue 18 Feb 14

wh1sp3r says...

Surely we lost enough tmature ress naturally in recent days/weeks. Heads need to roll this whole thing stinks to me and was certainly premeditated by colusionists!
Surely we lost enough tmature ress naturally in recent days/weeks. Heads need to roll this whole thing stinks to me and was certainly premeditated by colusionists! wh1sp3r

11:12am Wed 19 Feb 14

O'Really says...

The barbarians are at the wheel...
The barbarians are at the wheel... O'Really

9:44pm Thu 20 Feb 14

brian74 says...

hi if you are reading this the you know about DRUITT gardens and the cutting down of the trees by the Christchurch Panning Office.

if you agree that we need an independent inquiry then PLEASE sign this government petition.

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/60678

thanks
hi if you are reading this the you know about DRUITT gardens and the cutting down of the trees by the Christchurch Panning Office. if you agree that we need an independent inquiry then PLEASE sign this government petition. http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/60678 thanks brian74

6:05pm Fri 21 Feb 14

brian74 says...

hi if you are reading this then you know about DRUITT gardens and the cutting down of the trees by the Christchurch Panning Office.

if you agree that we need an independent inquiry then PLEASE sign this government petition.

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/60678

PLEASE PASS THIS ON ....
hi if you are reading this then you know about DRUITT gardens and the cutting down of the trees by the Christchurch Panning Office. if you agree that we need an independent inquiry then PLEASE sign this government petition. http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/60678 PLEASE PASS THIS ON .... brian74

6:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

FrogKiss says...

click here for link to petition
click here for link to petition FrogKiss

6:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

FrogKiss says...

Dr mr echo - That's rubbish not permitting HTML links.
Dr mr echo - That's rubbish not permitting HTML links. FrogKiss

5:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

skydriver says...

phonehome wrote:
The trees should be replaced with mature/semi-mature trees. These can be obtained and planted at about £20,000 each - the cost to be born by the developer who destroyed the original trees.
Also the cost should be down to the individuals on the council who allowed it to happen.
Now that would get rid of them, no doubt they would not be seen for dust
if only!
[quote][p][bold]phonehome[/bold] wrote: The trees should be replaced with mature/semi-mature trees. These can be obtained and planted at about £20,000 each - the cost to be born by the developer who destroyed the original trees.[/p][/quote]Also the cost should be down to the individuals on the council who allowed it to happen. Now that would get rid of them, no doubt they would not be seen for dust if only! skydriver

9:30pm Tue 25 Feb 14

brian74 says...

well done Elliot Marx with her speech.

there is also a petition on e-petition running.

if you agree that we need an independent inquiry then PLEASE sign this government petition and let as many people know as possible.

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/60678

thanks
well done Elliot Marx with her speech. there is also a petition on e-petition running. if you agree that we need an independent inquiry then PLEASE sign this government petition and let as many people know as possible. http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/60678 thanks brian74

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