Monday, 13 January 2020

Bargain!

A homeowner who damaged a 90-year-old tree so badly it had to be felled has been fined over £60,000.
He can clearly afford it. And if they'd told him that would be the cost of felling it he'd no doubt have paid up...
Stephen Lawrence, from Chelmsford, Essex, had made two applications to the council to fell the mature protected cedar, but both were refused by the council.
Despite warnings, he stripped the bark off the lower trunk, according to the council, and holes were drilled into the wood.
Chelmsford City Council said the damage was so extensive it had to be felled - and took him to court.
Does he care about the criminal record? Obviously not!
The defendant was initially fined £90,000, but this was reduced to £60,000 plus costs of £1,004.82 and a victim surcharge of £32, based on his early guilty plea.
A better sentence would have been to confiscate the house, giving him the lowest market valuation.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Julia,

You are daft. These geriatric old trees fall over and/or shed branches, causing loads of damage. An old tree may be valuable as wood, but it's not valuable if it lands on your head or car. TPOs are a pain in the arse. Like most green twaddle.

Anonymous said...

Victim surcharge? Blimey.

Sign: Tree fellers wanted

Passing Irishman to his mate: "What a shame there's only two of us."

MTG said...

One of those posts fir the barking.

Bucko said...

Maybe he can come and shift a couple for me. They're a bloody blight all year round

Sobers said...

" These geriatric old trees fall over and/or shed branches, causing loads of damage. An old tree may be valuable as wood, but it's not valuable if it lands on your head or car. TPOs are a pain in the arse. Like most green twaddle."

Looking at the pictures it looked a healthy tree to me, and if its an Atlantic cedar (which it looks like) would have a lifespan of 300 years, so just getting going at 90 years old. If a tree is diseased and/or dangerous then you can get them removed, TPO or not, so you can guarantee the owner would have tried that route first.