Meeting over controversial felling of protected trees at Druitt Gardens still not been rescheduled

Bournemouth Echo: OUTRAGE: Campaigners were furious when trees were felled in Druitt Gardens earlier this year OUTRAGE: Campaigners were furious when trees were felled in Druitt Gardens earlier this year

A POSTPONED meeting on the controversial Druitt Gardens tree felling has not yet been rescheduled.

Christchurch council postponed the meeting of the audit and scrutiny committee, due to take place in March, after campaigners launched a legal challenge against the authority.

A judicial review was sought by local businessman and campaigner Alistair Somerville-Ford after four trees were cut down in Druitt Gardens in February, just weeks after councillors voted to put preservation orders on them.

Renaissance Retirement, who have planning permission to build a retirement complex on the adjacent Cornfactor site, say the trees were damaged on two separate occasions during an archaeological dig.

A full, internal, inquiry was ordered by Christchurch council following stinging criticism from residents, campaigners and Dorset County Council’s own tree officer.

But the findings of the damning report have not yet been heard in public, despite the application for the judicial review being thrown out of the High Court.

The audit and scrutiny report details a catalogue of errors made by Christchurch council during contentious tree felling episodes.

Mistakes over previous planning permissions, flaws in last year’s consent, gaps in training and time pressures all contributed to the fiasco and have led to calls for urgent improvements.

The report focuses on a ‘genuine mistaken belief’ in which officers incorrectly thought there was permission from 2007 in place to fell trees in Druitt Gardens, next to the Cornfactor site.

An action plan devised by officers in response to the report includes calls to recruit more temporary or agency staff, develop a training programme for members, review committee procedure, improve report writing, presentation skills and customer care and have more contact with planning committee chairman over controversial applications.

A council spokesperson said: “The council are considering the impact of the judgement on the judicial review and assessing what action should be taken including how to deal with the audit and scrutiny committee report.”

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5:06pm Sun 8 Jun 14

crazybird says...

Why should the council waste time and more money over this. The trees have been felled already. What do these tree huggers want? Oh... let's stick the trees back on the trunks to appease them. Whether they were felled in error or not they are gone and all the money thrown at this could be better spent elsewhere.
Why should the council waste time and more money over this. The trees have been felled already. What do these tree huggers want? Oh... let's stick the trees back on the trunks to appease them. Whether they were felled in error or not they are gone and all the money thrown at this could be better spent elsewhere. crazybird
  • Score: -28

5:28pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Isosceles says...

IMHO the developer should be made to re-instate the trees in the original place with comparable mature ones.
IMHO the developer should be made to re-instate the trees in the original place with comparable mature ones. Isosceles
  • Score: 21

6:53pm Sun 8 Jun 14

billy bumble says...

crazybird wrote:
Why should the council waste time and more money over this. The trees have been felled already. What do these tree huggers want? Oh... let's stick the trees back on the trunks to appease them. Whether they were felled in error or not they are gone and all the money thrown at this could be better spent elsewhere.
It's no longer about the trees

It's about the undemocratic and non-transparent way that Christchurch Council have dealt with the matter

Two words of which they do not appear to have any idea of their meaning
[quote][p][bold]crazybird[/bold] wrote: Why should the council waste time and more money over this. The trees have been felled already. What do these tree huggers want? Oh... let's stick the trees back on the trunks to appease them. Whether they were felled in error or not they are gone and all the money thrown at this could be better spent elsewhere.[/p][/quote]It's no longer about the trees It's about the undemocratic and non-transparent way that Christchurch Council have dealt with the matter Two words of which they do not appear to have any idea of their meaning billy bumble
  • Score: 24

8:11pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Turtlebay says...

“The council are considering the impact of the judgement on the judicial review and assessing what action should be taken including how to deal with the audit and scrutiny committee report.”

Which shouldn't take more than 30 minutes!

They're hoping that the longer they leave it the more chnce there is people will forget.

The council should be fined £100 per day for every day they have delayed. Then they'd move - sharpish!
“The council are considering the impact of the judgement on the judicial review and assessing what action should be taken including how to deal with the audit and scrutiny committee report.” Which shouldn't take more than 30 minutes! They're hoping that the longer they leave it the more chnce there is people will forget. The council should be fined £100 per day for every day they have delayed. Then they'd move - sharpish! Turtlebay
  • Score: 22

8:14pm Sun 8 Jun 14

agp1337 says...

crazybird wrote:
Why should the council waste time and more money over this. The trees have been felled already. What do these tree huggers want? Oh... let's stick the trees back on the trunks to appease them. Whether they were felled in error or not they are gone and all the money thrown at this could be better spent elsewhere.
To quote Mrs Thatcher: "No. No. No." Otherwise things will happen in the future and just be buried by procedure.
[quote][p][bold]crazybird[/bold] wrote: Why should the council waste time and more money over this. The trees have been felled already. What do these tree huggers want? Oh... let's stick the trees back on the trunks to appease them. Whether they were felled in error or not they are gone and all the money thrown at this could be better spent elsewhere.[/p][/quote]To quote Mrs Thatcher: "No. No. No." Otherwise things will happen in the future and just be buried by procedure. agp1337
  • Score: 16

10:20pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Yankee1 says...

'Kicking the can down the street' has long been a means of avoiding unpleasant or awkward questions, until people forget.

That is the idea behind these delays. Oddly, in this media world, people do not forget quite so easily, and these stories can develop a life of their own.

Sometimes a quick resolution is the best answer. I suspect this Council rarely uses the Internet............
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'Kicking the can down the street' has long been a means of avoiding unpleasant or awkward questions, until people forget. That is the idea behind these delays. Oddly, in this media world, people do not forget quite so easily, and these stories can develop a life of their own. Sometimes a quick resolution is the best answer. I suspect this Council rarely uses the Internet............ .... Yankee1
  • Score: 8

4:10am Mon 9 Jun 14

ShuttleX says...

And some people wonder why I think all Councillors are bent and in it for themselves. Corruption is alive and well in Town Halls, and all the meaningless words sprouted out by some idiot who has swallowed dictionary, is not going to change the fact. Don't forget, the majority of voters in Christchurch vote colours, not names. So you pretty much got the Council you deserved if you are to stupid to actually vote the person, not the party.
And some people wonder why I think all Councillors are bent and in it for themselves. Corruption is alive and well in Town Halls, and all the meaningless words sprouted out by some idiot who has swallowed dictionary, is not going to change the fact. Don't forget, the majority of voters in Christchurch vote colours, not names. So you pretty much got the Council you deserved if you are to stupid to actually vote the person, not the party. ShuttleX
  • Score: 5

11:55am Mon 9 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

Yankee1 wrote:
'Kicking the can down the street' has long been a means of avoiding unpleasant or awkward questions, until people forget.

That is the idea behind these delays. Oddly, in this media world, people do not forget quite so easily, and these stories can develop a life of their own.

Sometimes a quick resolution is the best answer. I suspect this Council rarely uses the Internet............

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....or hitting the ball into the long grass!

Deliberate political strategies to avoid accountability, either way - and certainly it appears in this case.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: 'Kicking the can down the street' has long been a means of avoiding unpleasant or awkward questions, until people forget. That is the idea behind these delays. Oddly, in this media world, people do not forget quite so easily, and these stories can develop a life of their own. Sometimes a quick resolution is the best answer. I suspect this Council rarely uses the Internet............ ....[/p][/quote]....or hitting the ball into the long grass! Deliberate political strategies to avoid accountability, either way - and certainly it appears in this case. muscliffman
  • Score: 4

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