Local man pays penalty for pruning protected trees
Release date: 23 October 2018
Cotswold District Council is urging people to make sure they get appropriate permission before pruning or felling protected trees after a man was ordered by Cheltenham Magistrates Court to pay a total of £650 for pruning trees without permission.
Mr. Kamran Khazai acknowledged that he had pruned trees illegally at his home in Cirencester even though they had been protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) in 2015. Tree officers of the Council identified in 2017 that the trees had been disfigured by poor pruning and that Mr Khazai had not sought consent.
Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, CDC Cabinet Member for Development Control, said,
“This prosecution clearly demonstrates the Council’s commitment to protecting the character of the Cotswolds. We will have no hesitation in prosecuting those who disregard Tree Preservation Orders.
“If you plan to prune or fell a tree protected by a TPO you need to obtain the appropriate permission before you carry out the works. The penalties for not getting the appropriate permission or giving appropriate Conservation Area Notice can be a criminal conviction and a fine of up to £20,000.”
The prosecution was undertaken by Officers in the Heritage and Enforcement Teams at CDC, assisted by the Council’s Counter Fraud Unit (CFU).
The CFU was set up to investigate and prosecute crimes committed against Local Government and Social Housing Providers with the aim of minimising abuse of public funds. Members of the public can make anonymous referrals to the CFU about any suspected fraudulent activity across all Gloucestershire Authorities - and West Oxfordshire District - by telephoning 01285 623400 or 01242 264215, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Counter Fraud Unit webpage on each of the individual Council websites.