Posted: 08/11/2017 at 16:11
To be fair, the councils do often have a point. The more people are scrunched up together in their living space, the more complaints are made about trees. They cast too much shade, obscure a view, even, God forbid, drop leaves.
Serious issues with trees, whether TPO'd or not, need to be dealt with on a sensible basis. IME, the councils tend to be rather blase about TPO's or Conservation areas without taking into account the damage that can be caused to both people and property. Quite often, it is simply the result of those council employees who rarely struggle out from beyond their desks to ascertain the risks posed by trees. They tend to rely on "experts" who have no knowledge of wind direction, etc. to direct any necessary pruning.
On the other side, many complaints about trees are made simply on the basis that they are inconvenient to the complainant and those who apply for permission to remove or too drastically prune on that basis should quite rightly be sent off with a flea /leaf in their ear.
Common sense - all too often lacking on both sides - should be the name of the game.