PENARTH COUNCIL CHOPS ITS TREE BUDGET BY 60%

Tree surgeons charged Penarth Council  £1,012 for sawing up and hauling away a tree which collapsed onto Church Place North last year. The tree blocked the road for several days until it was taken away

Tree surgeons charged Penarth Council £1,012 for sawing up and hauling away a tree which collapsed onto Church Place North last year. The tree blocked the road for several days until it was taken away

The Labour-run Penarth Council – which had set itself an annual budget of £7,500 for looking after trees in the town – has chopped that figure down by 60%  – to just £3,000.

Most of the trees lining the highways in Penarth are actually the responsibility of the Vale of Glamorgan Council – which is also responsible for  the trees in the town’s parks – but Penarth Council is responsible for trees at the Kymin, the grounds of West House and  places like the St Augustine’s Triangle – where a large tree collapsed in July 2015.

This Penarth Council tree blocked the main road . Another trunk nearby had to be felled.

This Penarth Council tree blocked St Augstine’s Place North. Another trunk nearby had to be felled.

Removing that huge tree at St Augustine’s cost the council an unexpected £1,012 and it remains unclear as to whether the council was able to recover its costs from its insurers.

The council’s tree budget for 2017/18 has now been set at only £3,000 – despite  the fact that in October 2015 – when quotations for professional treeworks were obtained – quotations  came in at between £5,250 to £5,922. 

The council is clearly taking a gamble  that far fewer of the trees for which it is responsible  around the town are going to need attention in 2017/18  – and is projecting an actual spend of only £200 .

 

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6 Responses to PENARTH COUNCIL CHOPS ITS TREE BUDGET BY 60%

  1. Paul says:

    This is cutting edge stuff, this tree felling, in one foul swoop….

  2. Chris David says:

    £200 Hmmmm, someone wants their hedge cut do they.

  3. Louise C says:

    Cut down all the trees. Cheaper to maintain.

    • heather11gv says:

      I agree Louise, it’ll help the Council finance more important things for the region (like housing?).
      Trees seem to require too much costly maintenance as well and can damage pavements, properties, even making walls unsafe and ground a health/safety problem for people.
      I’ll sign my support for a super-size tree cull if it’ll help!!

  4. Tom Fletcher says:

    If anyone wants to live in a place without trees, they could always go somewhere else and the sooner the better.

  5. Chris David says:

    Ahh Heather the harmful- HNY and may you be given a book token for xmas. Sorry, no your signature wont count, ….sigh was hoping for a more meaningful start to 2017. I hope Louise C was actually just being facetious.

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