£5,550 penalty for TPO violation "sends out a clear message" says council

East Lindsey District Council in Lincolnshire has welcomed prosecution of a resident who felled a protected tree without permission.

Image: thskyt (CC BY 2.0)
Image: thskyt (CC BY 2.0)

Norman Geldard of the village of Little Steeping near Skegness felled the mature beech tree, which was protected by a Tree Preservation Order, without the council's consent.

Appearing before Boston Magistrates Court, Geldard was fined £500 and ordered to pay a further £5,050 in costs.

Welcoming the outcome, the council's Portfolio Holder for Operational Services Councillor Sandra Harrison said: "The Council will take action against anyone who ignores these Preservation Orders, that are put in place to protect trees and consent is required before any work is undertaken.

"It sends out a clear message to people that they should consult the District Council before going ahead with works to protected trees."

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